Local resident Khairul Islam told the Daily News, “We blame Donald Trump for this…. Trump and his drama has created Islamophobia.”
According to two police sources who spoke to NBC 4 New York, their initial investigation into the crime indicates it was motivated by a robbery.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more details become available.
Police have yet to determine a motive for the shooting. Per the Times:
The police said that they were investigating what led to the shooting, saying they did not know whether it was related to a botched robbery, a dispute or anything tied to their religion or race. “There’s nothing in the preliminary investigation that would indicate that they were targeted by their faith,” said Henry Sautner, a deputy inspector in the New York Police Department.