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Vandalism Leaves Neighbors in Muslim Community on Edge

KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) - Some vandalism that occurred overnight Tuesday, July 1, has some neighbors from a predominantly Muslim neighborhood on edge.

Four families on Omar Dr. and Medina Dr. in Killeen, found their car tires slashed Wednesday morning. Two similar incidents occurred on Barcelona Dr. and Onion Rd.

Ausaf Khan has lived near the Islamic Center of Greater Killeen on Omar Dr. since 2005.

He said this type of vandalism is unusual in this area.

"This is a peaceful neighborhood. Never had [a] problem,” said Khan.

He said he does not believe he was a target, but he still feels uneasy about the situation.

"Whoever did this could do more than [what he did]. He could come with a gun next time and he could [fire], so that is kind of scary,” said Khan.

One neighbor who did not want to go on camera said this could be a hate crime because most of the victims are Muslims from Pakistan.

However, Killeen Police Department Public Information Officer Carroll Smith said police did not believe this is a hate crime. She said the victims did not tell officers they felt targeted and similar crimes happened in two other areas of the city.

Regardless of the motive, Khan is not taking any chances with his loved ones.

"My son goes to the mosque by himself but [on Wednesday], my wife didn't let him go and we are supposed to pray in the morning before the sun rises and she didn't let him go as well,” said Khan.

Khan said he hopes officers will patrol the neighborhood more often.

The Killeen Police Department is currently conducting a criminal mischief investigation. If the damages are at least $1,500, the person responsible could face felony charges, if caught.

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