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Several shots fired into Hattiesburg Islamic Center


The Associated Press


HATTIESBURG -- Hattiesburg police are investigating an incident in which several shots were fired into the Islamic Center. 


Police Department spokesman Lt. Jon Traxler says police initially received a report about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday of several shots being fired but officers couldn't find anything. 


Jerry Buti, vice president of the Islamic Center, says he found bullet holes in the building around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. There was no one in the building at the time. No injuries were reported. 


Traxler says police have no leads or suspects. 


He says police will pursue the incident as a malicious mischief case. 


Buti says the center is open five days a week for prayer. 


He says the center has been open for 35 years and has never had an incident like this before.




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