A left-of-center media outlet is speculating whether the death of Ahmed Al-Jumaili, a Muslim Iraqi immigrant who had moved to Dallas, Texas, was a hate crime. The Chicago Tribune published a story on Sunday with the title “Killing of Iraqi man in Dallas sparks concern over possible hate crime.”
Thirty-six-year-old Al-Jumaili had recently immigrated to America from Iraq. Media outlets are united in reporting that the man was shot dead after he came outside of his apartment to take photos of the snow. He sustained a shot in the chest as he hid behind a truck in the apartment parking lot.
The killing happened just after midnight early Thursday morning. Fox4 news in Dallas reported that “The suspects are believed to be a group of teenage boys who took off running. Witnesses told police there was a group of them nearby, and one of them started firing shots without warning.”
The four suspects’ images were caught on video surveillance cameras. The video has been published by the Dallas Police Department.
Dallas Police Maj. Jeff Cotner answered the question of whether this was a hate crime by saying “We don’t know. I can’t refute that and I cannot corroborate it. … If they were a target? That’s a possibility.”
Cotner was also reported to have said that it was a possibility that Al-Jumaili was just a bystander victim, and that the young men who were involved in the shooting, may have had an argument among themselves…