Islamic Center Attacks Take More Violent Turn

January 28, 2007

Author: Cassandra Braun

Source: The Mercury News

Repeated vandalism at the Islamic Center of the East Bay over the past two years has some local Muslims concerned.

The most recent and violent came last week, when clergy workers arrived at the Antioch center Monday morning to discover that someone had shot up the center on West 18th Street. Investigators counted seven bullets that had pierced the windows and walls of the mosque.

"This incident is very dire,'' said Mohammad Chaudhry, president of the center. "People are scared. I'm not sure what to do.''

Chaudhry was opening the building when he discovered the bullet holes in the front windows.

Police say there are no leads in the case, which is being investigated as vandalism.

Investigators found no evidence that the center was targeted because of its religion, Lt. John Vanderklugt said.