Local Muslim leader condemns Chattanooga shooting

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Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles, fears Thursday's mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee will reflect badly on the Muslim community.

Hussam Ayloush condemns the actions of 24-year-old Muhammed Youssef Abdulazeez in Chattanooga, Tennessee Thursday.

Ayloush is the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in the greater Los Angeles area. CAIR is the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.

"Like all of my fellow Americans, I'm appalled by this horrific act," Ayloush said.

He offers his prayers to the families of the four Marines killed and worries about how this could affect Muslim Americans.

"People who don't know any better would like to blame the whole community for the act of a few and that makes it a little bit difficult," Ayloush said.

U.S. officials said they are investigating the incident as an act of domestic terrorism.

Ayloush says American Muslim leaders continue to educate their community to stand against any terrorist views or actions.
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