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Bus stop stabbing victim: Unsure if it was hate crime

Associated Press

Southfield — One of two men who were stabbed at a suburban Detroit bus stop after telling their attacker they aren’t Muslims says he’s unsure if it was a hate crime.

Southfield police say the attack happened Saturday night outside Northland Mall.

Raymond Shackleford, 52, of Detroit tells WXYZ-TV the man asked others at the bus stop if they were Muslims or “believed in Allah” before attacking him and another man.

Shackleford says he “can’t say if this was a hate crime or not.” He and a 51-year-old Detroit man were treated at a hospital and released.

Terrence L. Thomas, 39, of Detroit is jailed on a $1 million bond on attempted murder charges. His next court date is Wednesday.

Court officials couldn’t say Thursday if he has a lawyer.