PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The shooting of a man outside a predominantly Somali mosque has put the Muslim community on edge in Maine’s largest city, but police say it’s unlikely that bias was a motive.

Police say no words were exchanged before the 25-year-old victim was shot in the back Monday night in Portland. Two young men – one black, one white – were seen running away.

The victim had been participating in Ramadan services, and the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations called on police to look into bias as a possible motive.

Capt. Vern Malloch says that there’s nothing to suggest bias as a motive. He told the Portland Press Herald, “That’s not the direction the investigation is leading us.” Police believe the attackers and the victim knew each other, but Malloch declined to elaborate.


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