The Latest: Police find gun in imam shooting suspect’s home




NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shootings of a New York City mosque leader and his associate (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Police say they've recovered a revolver from the home of a man being questioned in connection to the killing of a New York imam and his friend.

Police said Monday night they also found clothing in the man's home similar to that being worn in a surveillance video that shows the gunman.

The 36-year-old man is being held on charges he struck a bicyclist 10 minutes after Saturday's shooting in Queens near a mosque.

Authorities don't know what prompted the brazen daytime shooting of Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and Thara Uddin.

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6:30 p.m.

Police say they're fairly certain they've arrested a man who killed a New York imam and his friend.

The NYPD's chief of detective tells reporters on Monday the 36-year-old man is being held on charges he struck a bicyclist 10 minutes after the shooting.

Robert Boyce didn't release the man's name. He hasn't been charged in the double slaying.

But Boyce says surveillance footage shows the man speeding away from the scene of the Saturday shooting near a Queens mosque in a black GMC Trailblazer.

He says 10 minutes later, that car also struck a bicyclist 3 miles away in Brooklyn.

Detectives arrested the man Sunday night in the hit-and-run accident.

Authorities don't know what prompted the daytime shooting of Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and Thara Uddin.

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4 p.m.

Passions ran hot at a funeral service for a slain imam and his friend who were shot by an unidentified gunman near their mosque.

About 1,000 people, including New York City's mayor, gathered Monday for the prayer service for Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and Thara Uddin.

The motive of the gunman remains unknown, but the ceremony featured several speakers who said they believed the victims were targeted because of their religion.

Some members of the congregation shouted, "Justice!" periodically throughout the service.

After the ceremony, part of the crowd marched to the spot a few blocks away where the shooting took place.

Police investigating the slayings have detained a man as part of an attempt to identify a vehicle seen leaving the scene of the shooting.

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2:30 p.m.

The funeral for Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and Thara Uddin is being held in a municipal parking lot, about six blocks from the crime scene.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the service Monday that Muslims make New York better and stronger. The crowd applauded when he said that whoever committed the crime would be brought to justice. He also said the community will get extra police protection.

Emotions ran high. Some people shouted for justice as a man spoke at the podium.

Authorities said earlier Monday that investigators had detained and questioned a man as part of an attempt to identify a vehicle seen leaving the scene of the shooting.

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11:55 a.m.

New York City police detectives investigating the slayings of an imam and his associate have detained and questioned a man as part of an attempt to identify a vehicle seen after the shooting.

Authorities say surveillance footage showed the car leaving the scene of Saturday's shooting in Queens.

Investigators said Monday that the car matched the description of one involved in an unsolved hit-and-run crash in Brooklyn. The man was taken into custody Sunday night in connection with that crash.

New York Police Department spokesman Stephen Davis says the man is in custody on an unrelated incident and there have been no arrests related to the shooting.

Islamic funeral prayers are to be held Monday for Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and Thara Uddin.

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7:50 a.m.

The elder son of one of the two men shot outside a New York City mosque says his father was planning to travel to Bangladesh later this month to visit his ailing mother.

Police say 55-year-old Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and 64-year-old Thara Uddin were shot near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in Queens as they left afternoon prayers on Saturday.

Akonjee's son, Foyez Uddin, who isn't related to the other victim, tells The Associated Press in Bangladesh that his father and mother had booked flights for Aug. 31 to visit the elder man's mother. The son says the family is discussing funeral plans.

He says his family "cannot believe he is no more," calling the loss "irreparable."

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1:20 a.m.

A Muslim advocacy group is announcing a reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunman who killed a New York City mosque leader and his associate.

Police say 55-year-old Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and 64-year-old Thara Uddin were shot near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in Queens as they left afternoon prayers on Saturday.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations will announce on Monday a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

Police say they have not yet determined a motive for the killings, but some in the Bangladeshi Muslim community served by the mosque worry it could be a hate crime.

Muslim community members will gather in Brooklyn on Monday to hold Islamic funeral prayers for the two men.

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This story has been corrected to show the spelling of the imam's title as Maulana, not Maulama, per new information from the mayor's office and a family member.
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