Murder of Egyptian Grocery Store Owner Being Investigated as Hate Crime

September 17, 2001

Source: The Associated Press

On September 17, 2001, The Associated Press reported that the FBI will investigate the killing of Egyptian grocery store owner in San Gabriel, California as hate crime. "Adel Karas, 48, was shot around 3:15 p.m. Saturday by two unidentified men who walked into the International Market and opened fire. Karas, who was a Coptic Christian from Egypt, was involved in a confrontation with the two suspects when he was shot several times in the upper torso, authorities said. He later died at a nearby hospital." The killing was initally being investigated as a robbery, until it was confirmed that no money was stolen from the cash register. This incident was one of many reported in the wake of the terror attacks.