$5000 Reward Offered for Information on Katy Area Mosque Shooting


    KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

    January 16, 2019

    Ariana Pezeshki

    Crime stoppers is offering a $5,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) accused of shooting at a Katy Area Muslim American Society-Katy Center (MAS) Mosque late Tuesday night.

    Photo Via Facebook

    Shots Fired at Katy Mosque on Baker Road

    Sheriff’s Office investigators need the public’s help in obtaining any information on the person or persons who discharged a firearm at the Muslim American Society-Katy Center (MAS) Mosque. On Monday, January 14, 2019, at approximately 4:30 p.m., deputies assigned to the west district 4 patrol responded to a criminal mischief call at 1800 Baker Rd in far West Harris County.

    Crime Stoppers $5,000 Reward

    Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous

    Hate Crime Speculation

    The Mosque wrote on their Facebook Page, "At this time, there is no obvious reason to believe or speculate around the cause of this incident to be either a hate crime or any other motive. The police are investigating the case and will share their findings with the Masjid (Arabic word for Mosque) management once they complete their investigation."

    Bullets Found

    An employee of the Mosque told deputies a contractor’s truck parked in the lot and the exterior of the Mosque were struck by gunfire from the roadway. The vehicle was found to have a bullet hole in the windshield, and the Mosque‘s front wall was struck by a round. Mosque employees believe the incident took place sometime early Monday morning around 3:00 a.m., but was not discovered until yesterday afternoon.

    The still photo from the surveillance video is only evidence being released by investigators. The make and model of the vehicle is undetermined. Anyone with information is urged to call the Violent Crimes unit at 713-274-9100.

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