Queens, NY – A man suspected in the fatal shooting of an imam and his friend as they left a mosque in New York City has been arrested on charges of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Charges against 35-year-old Oscar Morel, of Brooklyn, were upgraded on Monday after police say they recovered a revolver at his home and clothes similar to that being worn in surveillance video that shows the gunman.
Morel was arrested on Sunday after police say he hit a bicyclist 10 minutes after Saturday’s shooting in Queens. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has an attorney who can comment on the charges.
Authorities have not said what prompted the daytime shooting of Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and Thara Uddin.