2 dead, including Imam, in shooting near New York mosque

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Jim Dolan has the details from Ozone Park.

Two men have died, including an Imam after a shooting near a mosque in New York City.

The shooting occurred just before 2pm at Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park near the Al-Furqan Masjid Mosque.

Both Imam Maulama Akonjee and a 64-year-old Tharam Uddin were shot in the head. Police say both victims were approached from behind when they were shot. The other victim has not yet been identified.

PHOTO: Imam Maulama Akonjee

Police say there was no argument or exchange of words before the shooting - just gunfire. Witnesses say a man with a medium complexion and Polo-style shorts was seen fleeing the scene with a gun in his hand.

A motive has not yet been determined, and it is not clear whether the two men were targeted because of their faith.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.
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