The Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley is offering a $12,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest after someone shot at its mosque on November 4.
The center put up $10,000 of the reward and the city of Coachella added $2000.
A news conference took place at 10 a.m. Friday at Coachella City Hall to publicize the reward. Representatives from several religious organizations and the Anti-Defamation League attended the conference.
“We are really appreciative of the help and support of everyone in the religious community from the members of the city, the congressman’s office, we are happy and grateful to have this amount of support,” says Reymundo Nour, President of the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley.
“As a Christian I have been taught to love my neighbor,” says Pastor Scott Andrews, Shepard of the Valley United Methodist Church in Indio “As Methodists we are taught to stand against for social injustice, and that’s what this is,” says Andrews.
“We stand as one, because one place, we’re all places of worship,” says Father Guy Wilson, Our Lady of Soledad, Coachella. “And also because it’s more than a crime to us it’s a grave sin to disturb a place of worship,” says Wilson.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has no new information to go on and is asking for the public’s help.
Shots rang out at about 5 a.m. on Nov. 4 at the Islamic Society in the 84000 block of Avenue 49. The building and a vehicle were struck, but no one was hurt, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Adam Elders said, adding that the shooting is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency was in contact with sheriff’s deputies and representatives of the mosque.
News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 were at the scene the day of the shooting to hear reaction from the Islamic community.
“I know we have been getting a lot of bad press lately around the world, but that is not what Islam is,” says Nour. “We invite the community to come out and talk to us. We are for peace,” said Nour.
Anyone with more information about the gunfire was urged to call investigators at (760) 863-8990 or Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.