Knoxville Mosque Says Stabbing was Not a Hate Crime

Leaders at a Knoxville Mosque say a stabbing there Monday was not a hate crime.

Authorities say Daniel Porter and Shadab Siddiqi got into an argument at the Annoor Mosque on 13th Street. Police say the argument escalated and Porter stabbed Siddiqi in the chest.

Saddiqi was rushed to UT Medical Center for emergency life-saving surgery.

Annoor Mosque released a statement about the incident on Tuesday that read:

Some of you may have heard that police are investigating an incident that that occurred at Masjid Annoor (Annoor Mosque) yesterday evening. We wanted to assure everyone that the incident involved two people who knew each other and was not a crime targeted at the masjid or at Muslims. The offender was taken into custody and does not pose a continuing risk. Because of the ongoing investigation, we are unable to share any further details but wanted to ease safety concerns that people may have had upon hearing the news.

Porter is charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and is being held on a $200,000 bond.

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