Anthony Mohamed
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Federal and local law-enforcement officials are investigating whether a suspect who allegedly shot a Muslim taxi driver in Pittsburgh committed a hate crime, NBC News reports.

Authorities arrested Anthony Mohamed, 26, on Wednesday. They believe he shot a bullet through the back window of a cab Thanksgiving morning, injuring the driver. Heā€™s charged with aggravated assault, criminal attempted homicide and recklessly endangering another person.

The Council on American-Islamic RelationsĀ urged the Justice Department to investigate the shooting as a hate crime. CAIR said the suspect was a passenger in the cab and asked the driver if he was Pakistani, about the Islamic State groupĀ and mocked the Prophet Muhammad.

ā€œFederal officials need to send a clear message that attacks on American Muslims, or on any minority group, will not be tolerated and that the perpetrators will face the full force of the law,ā€ said CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Alia Schindler, according to NBC.

The organization said it has received more reports of ā€œIslamophobic discrimination, intimidation, threats and violence targeting American Muslimsā€ since the recent Paris terrorist attacks than it has since 9/11, the network reports.


CAIR issued the statement about the swell of threats before last weekā€™s attack in San Bernardino, Calif.Ā 

Read more at NBC News.Ā