ORLANDO, Fla. – After a bullet hit a Muslim family’s home, the Orlando residents believe the shot was aimed at them. The homeowner says he noticed a bullet hole in the house when the family returned Sunday morning. Deputies are looking into the possibility of a hate crime.
Amir Elmasri, the homeowner, says his family couldn’t sleep through the night. “I don’t want this to be our way of life, which is, ok, after this incident, let’s live in fear,” Elmasri said.
Knowing a gunman is still on the loose is troubling, but in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Elmasri fears the family members have become targets because of their religious beliefs.
“For them to come back and target us because of that, that is the part that puts you at completely unease,” he said.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office released a report on what they’re calling an open and active investigation.
“I’m hoping this is somebody that just was not in the right state of mind at the time,” Elmasri said.
While a suspect remains at large, Elmasri says he’ll try to do everything he can to keep his family safe. “They’re crazy enough to take action, but we’ll do what we can to protect ourselves and live our life,” he said.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida is also investigating.
CAIR says other threats have been made to Orlando-area mosques in the days since the Paris attacks.