Paris attacks brings out crimes targeting Muslims in U.S.

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In the week since gunmen attacked Paris, killing 130 people, there have been several attacks against Muslims in the U.S. Nathan Frandino reports.

Paris attacks brings out crimes targeting Muslims in U.S.

With Paris still reeling from this month’s deadly attacks… anger is turning toward Muslims in the U.S.

A photo and a Facebook message sent to someone in New Jersey led authorities in Fort Bend, Texas to arrest Clayton Cansler for threatening to shoot up a mosque.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CAITLIN ESPINOSA, FORT BEND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, SAYING:

“He did say that he sent it and he sent it because he had a close friend of his die in the 9/11 attacks and with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, he felt this was something he wanted to do.”

It was too late for this mosque in Meriden, Connecticut.

Police say hours after the Paris attacks, someone opened fire on the Baitul Aman Mosque.

No one was injured. Now the mosque is using what happened to educate others about Islam.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SALAAM BHATTI, SPOKESMAN BAITUL AMAN MOSQUE, SAYING:

“It’s not going to make us scared. It’s going to in fact make us open the doors more. We are going to engage the community more.”

NATS: “So, they hit right here. This is where it came through.”

Then in Orlando, Florida, Amir Elmasri says he found a bullet hole lodged in his bedroom dresser.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) AMIR ELMASRI, RESIDENT, SAYING:

“I don’t want this to be our way of life, which is after this incident, let’s live in fear.”

The Sheriff’s Office is looking into the possibility of a hate crime, but has yet to find evidence… just the bullet hole inside and several more outside… in what is raising concerns among Muslims in the U.S.

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