- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Lubbock police say they continue to investigate vandalism at an Islamic student center near Texas Tech University.

Lt. Ray Mendoza said Tuesday that the criminal mischief report could become a hate crime investigation if evidence shows the Islamic Cultural & Student Center, two blocks from the university, was targeted because of its religious affiliation.

The incident occurred late Nov. 23 or early Nov. 24. One of two glass front doors was smashed and outside light fixtures were broken.

Mendoza said no suspects have been identified.

Imam Samer Altabaa of the Islamic Center of the South Plains said he believes the incident should be treated as a hate crime because nothing inside the center - a TV, computer printers and bicycles, was stolen.



The student mosque is associated with Altabaa’s center.

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