Man shot during suspected road rage incident dies in hospital

By Phil Archer - Reporter

HOUSTON - A man shot in the head during a suspected road rage incident has died at the hospital. Now his family wants the case investigated as a hate crime. They believe he died because he was Muslim.

Zaid Naim, 42, and his wife were in a black Porsche at Fairdale and Greenridge, near the Galleria, Friday afternoon when Naim and the driver of a black BMW narrowly missed each other going through a four-way stop.

Naim's wife said the two men pulled their cars over, rolled down their windows and began to argue.

She said at one point she heard the other driver say, "Go back to Islam."

Lisa Naim said when her husband got out of their car and began walking toward the other driver, she heard a shot. Zaid was wounded in the head. Rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital, he was taken off life support Sunday and died a short time later.

"What happened to my brother is terrible. He was a good citizen of the United States. Zaid's brother Eyad said outside the hospital Monday. "I think is unfair."

The other driver, Robert Craig Klimek, 43, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He posted a $50,000 bond and was released Monday.

Klimek's attorney, Craig Seldin, denies the shooting was a hate crime or that hate speech was involved. He said Klimek acted in self-defense.

Naim was a naturalized U.S. citizen whose family is from Palestine. According to the family, he came to the U.S. in 1996 and became a citizen in 2003. He owned a jewelry store in the 6900 block of the Gulf Freeway.

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