Sure, they’re the ones we should be concerned about.
The suspect’s identity hadn’t been publicly released Sunday afternoon, but local Muslim and other religious leaders indicated that he was Somali.
“The central Minnesota Somali community is in distress, and we are afraid of the consequences of this incident,” Mohamoud Mohamed, executive director of the St. Cloud Area Somali Salvation Organization. said at a news conference.
“Our community in central Minnesota has no relationship with ISIS or any other Islamist terrorist group,” Mohamed said, adding that much of the local Somali residents fled to St. Cloud to escape groups like ISIS.
“We are being made again to suffer for their acts,” he said. “They are minorities in our faith. Islam is peace.”
Jaylani Hussein, Minnesota executive director for the Council on American Islamic Relations, stressed that “this is an act of an individual.”
“We are all shocked just like you, and we are all grieving just like you,” Hussein said, adding: “We are concerned about the potential for backlash.”
Happens every time, yet there never is a backlash. Weird, huh? Just a friendly reminder who these people are.