Gunman sought after shots fired at Katy-area mosque

By Sophia Beausoleil - Reporter

KATY, Texas - Harris County deputies said they need the public’s help after someone fired a gun at an area mosque.

The sheriff’s office said deputies with the West District 4 patrol were called to the Muslim American Society-Katy Center (MAS) Mosque on Monday at around 4:30 p.m. for a criminal mischief call.

In a statement, the sheriff’s office said an employee of the mosque, which is located at 1800 Baker Road, told authorities a contractor’s truck in the parking lot was hit by a bullet.

They found a bullet hole in the windshield and on one of the mosque’s front walls.

“At this time, we are grateful nothing happened. We are concerned. We are increasing security measures that such an event will be recorded and better documented for the police enforcement to go after,” Mosque Board Member Hesham Ebeid said.

They believe someone driving on the roadway fired at the mosque.

Employees said surveillance video showed the incident happened on Monday morning around 3 a.m. but was not discovered until the afternoon.

There is a surveillance video, but investigators are only releasing a still photo at this time. They do not know the make and model of the vehicle.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 713-274-9400.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of a suspect in this case. Tips can be called in at 713-222-TIPS (8477); submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org, or sent by texting TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous. 

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