Charlotte Muslim community reacts to shooting at home

Charlotte Muslim community reacts to shooting at home
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The husband of the woman who was shot while sleeping in her home says she has a broken leg. Police say she is in stable condition. She was taken to Carolinas-Medical Center Main. The husband says his wife was conscious when leaving for the hospital and was thinking about her family as she was taken away by ambulance.

"I do admire her heroism," the husband Adbul said. "And she was saying thank God she was the one who was shot, not her family members."

Multiple gun shots were fired in a home in east Mecklenburg County early Tuesday morning, officials say.

"I don't know why," Abdul said. "If somebody would target our house. I don't know why they are doing this."

Police say just after 1 a.m., gunmen fired multiple shots through a backyard privacy fence that entered a home in the 7800 block of Shiny Meadow Lane.

Police say five people were inside the home at the time of the shooting and one woman was shot in the leg while sleeping in an upstairs bedroom. According to police, the shooting was random. The homeowner says he and his family are of the Islamic faith and he doesn't believe the shooting was a random incident.

"Why our house in particular?" Abdul said. "Why aren't the other houses shot at? Looks like we were targeted for one purpose or another and it doesn't sound like a random shooting. We are traumatized, all of us, and we are thinking who can be shooting at us? Is it for motive? We have no idea."

The family has lived in the home for about nine years and says they have never had any trouble in the neighborhood. The family believes since their house was the only one damaged, it shows they were targeted. Police say the investigation continues and can't say for sure if this is labeled as a hate crime.

"We are not going to rule anything out," CMPD Captain Chuck Henson said. "We are going to put everything on the table, and look at all possibilities. And we'll come to the conclusion once all the evidence is in."

Jibril Hough is the Charlotte Muslim Spokesman. He believes there is more to this shooting. He thinks the shooting happened because of the family's Muslim faith.

"Until something is proven otherwise," Hough said. "I think we should look at this case as he was targeted."

Hough will hold a press conference Wednesday outlining his concerns. He wants to know what more can be done to keep Muslims safe.

"We can't let this fall by the wayside," Hough said. "We have to put this under a microscope."

No one else inside the home was injured. While the family waits to see if they were targeted, Abdul wants those responsible caught as soon as possible and justice served.

"That's exactly what we are looking for," Abdul said. "Is justice, because if it is a hate crime - it should be stopped and we wish as Americans, should live in peace and harmony."

Family members at the scene said at least 12 rounds were fired from the back of the home.

Police do not have a description of the shooters, but ask anyone with information to call 911.

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