- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - 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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