ESCONDIDO, California – A note about recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found on the site of a possible fire in a Southern California mosque, police said Sunday.
No one was wounded and members of the Islamic center of Escondido were able to extinguish the small tile before firefighters around noon. 15:15, officials said.
The incident was investigated as a fire and a possible hate crime, the city police said about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego.
A note was found in the parking lot, referring to the shootings this month killing 50 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, police said. Chris Lick. He did not elaborate on the content of the note.
Investigators did not release information about a suspect.
The fire caused less damage to the exterior of the building.
Seven people were inside the mosque at the time of the fire, police told KNSD television station. They were able to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived on the scene, KNSD reported.
"There are people who sleep there overnight," said member Yusef Miller. "They heard the sounds, they smelled some funny scents, and there was a letter that said something with New Zealand at the same time. So it all did especially on the edge."
The Escondido Mosque was established four years ago and earns several hundred people in the city about 1
He told KNSD that worshipers are undeveloped.
"We won't stop praying," Miller said. "We won't stop collecting."
Dustin Craun, head of the American Islamic Relations Council in San Diego, said his civil rights group stands with the mosque.
"It is disturbing enough that some ill individuals would try to burn a house of worship to the ground, but referring to slayings in New Zealand is beyond that pale," he said in a statement. "While the majority of humanity has responded to the tragedy of getting closer to each other and rejecting hatred, a fierce and hated full-grown minority seeks additional divisions. We are grateful that someone was inside the mosque and could act quickly to put Challenges everyone with information to come forward and contact the Escondido Police Department. We are in solidarity with our members participating in the Islamic center Escondido. "