Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NC Gunman Kills 3 Muslims in Parking Dispute; Police Investigate to Decide If It Was Hate Crime

A North Carolina gunman was charged with killing three young Muslims in what police said today (February 11, 2015) was a dispute over parking and possibly a hate crime, according to the Reuters website.

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was charged with first-degree murder in yesterday's shootings around 5 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The victims were newlyweds Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, and his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Yusor's sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said in a statement: "We understand the concerns about the possibility that this was hate-motivated and we will exhaust every lead to determine if that is the case."

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