UPDATE @ 4:20 p.m.
The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today expressed concern about a report of shots fired at a Muslim family’s home in Monroe and is urging law enforcement authorities to investigate the possibility of a bias motive for the incident.
Someone fired three shots Monday night into the Muslim family’s home, narrowly missing two members of the family inside, according to a release from the Muslim civil rights group. Family members say they may have been targeted because they displayed lights outside the house marking the month-long fast of Ramadan.
Several family members also wear Islamic head scarves, or hijab.
“In light of the significant increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority communities nationwide, we are urging the Monroe Police Department to seriously consider the possibility of a bias motive for this attack,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Sana Hassan. “We are very concerned about the marked increase in hate crimes against Muslim individuals and institutions that we have documented in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky in just the past few months.”
Hate motivated incidents in the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky region since late February include an attack on a mosque in Dayton, a hate-motivated, physical attack on a Muslim woman in Kettering, and a Muslim man strangled by his supervisor at work in Northern Kentucky, according to the press release from the group.
The Monroe Police Department is investigating an incident of shots fired about 11 p.m. Monday on Stone Ridge Lane.
Shots were fired in the area, and one round struck a house, according to police. No one was injured.
The motive for the incident is unknown, police said. The department is asking any residents in that area with information to call the Monroe Police Department at 513-539-9234.
In early April, police said multiple shots were fired on two occasions into a home in the 400 block of Brandon Drive, less than two miles from the most recent incident.
No one was injured in either incident. Police have said the drive-by shootings were targeting a specific person who lived in that house.
Police Chief Bob Buchanan told residents their neighborhood was safe but that sometimes bad things happen. He asked residents to contact police if they have any video from home security cameras or if they know anything about the incident or the suspects who fired the shots.