SUNTIMES:Bullet fired at Orland Park mosque during prayer service

BY JORDAN OWEN Staff Reporter March 25, 2014 3:47PM

A bullet was fired through the dome of an Orland Park mosque Tuesday morning, damaging the building during a early morning prayer service, according mosque officials.

No one was injured when the single shot was fired a few minutes after 6 a.m. during the Fajr, or break-of-dawn prayer, according to a statement from the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The bullet penetrated the dome and caused debris to fall and disrupt the service, according to the statement. About 40 people were in the prayer center at 6530 104th Ave.

“Incidents such as this have a chilling effect on worshippers,” CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab said in the statement.

“No one should have to go to their place of worship worried if they’ll make it back home alive,” he added.

CAIR said Orland Park police were contacted and are investigating. Orland Park police could not be reached for comment.