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California mosque fire may be a hate crime

Investigators are looking for more information on what caused an early morning fire in Escondido after people inside found a note referencing the New Zealand attacks in the parking lot outside.

Posted: Mar 24, 2019 10:29 PM

Escondido, Calif.-- Police are investigating a fire at a California mosque as an arson and possible hate crime.

This, after a note was discovered that mentioned the recent shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

The fire started around 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning at the Islamic Center of Escondido.

Police say people inside put out the fire and damage was minimal.

They found the note in the parking lot.

"We're all vulnerable. You know we're we we're all out in the open where we're obviously you know Muslim on our sisters come they're wearing hijab. They know we have a censor here and they know we have two other centres and that's going to veto so there. We've been here for the whole community has been here for well over 10 years. So we're not strangers here they know us," said Yusef Miller, who's a member of the mosque.

Escondido police have been doing extra patrols in the area since the shootings at the mosques on March 15 in christchurch, New Zealand.

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