The FBI and Pittsburgh police are investigating a Thanksgiving Day shooting in which a Muslim taxi driver was allegedly shot by a customer — prompting questions of whether it was a hate crime attack, NBC News reported.
Anthony Mohamed, 26, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the shooting and charged with aggravated assault, criminal attempted homicide, and recklessly endangering another person, police said.
The FBI began reviewing the incident with local authorities after the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate a possible hate crime.
Police said the unnamed cabbie was hit by a bullet early Thanksgiving morning while he was driving. Investigators believe the shooter was not inside the car because the bullet "blew out the vehicle's rear window," police said in a statement.
The driver was able to get to a hospital, where he was admitted while alert, conscious and in stable condition, police added.