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North Texas mosque hit with paintballs

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — A North Texas mosque has been hit by about two dozen paintballs in an incident that some religious leaders want treated as a possible hate crime.

Officials with the McKinney Islamic Association didn’t immediately return messages Monday about the defacing of the mosque.

Leaders of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations want the incident treated as a possible hate crime. A statement from the group says the paintball attack happened late Saturday night or early Sunday.

The statement did not indicate that anyone was hurt or provide a damage estimate. A vehicle owned by a congregation member was also hit by a paintball. The group also says increased police patrols are expected.

McKinney police didn’t immediate return a message Monday.


Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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