New Jersey imam shot dead outside mosque

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Investigation is underway to ascertain the motive behind the shooting of the imam who was identified as Hassan Sharif

Authorities in Newark said Wednesday that an imam of a mosque was shot and killed at South Orange Avenue who was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

As the authorities arrived at the scene, Sharif was found lying in the parking, 10 feet from the mosque entrance.

Investigation is underway to ascertain the motive behind the shooting of the imam who was identified as Hassan Sharif.

According to the local media reports, New Jersey’s spokesperson also confirmed the fatal shooting of the imam of the Masjid Muhammad-Newark.

The imam was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he was declared deceased later on.

The state’s Attorney General Matthew Plotkin said bias did not appear to be a motive for the shooting.

“This investigation is ongoing, but at this time we do not have any information suggesting the crime was motivated by bias,” Plotkin said in a statement.

The AG also noted: “Every possible angle will, of course, be explored and every lead will be fully investigated to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice.”

Governor Phil Murphy urged people to come forward and share any information regarding the shooter.