Police: Armed man draws gun on praying Muslims at Mosque

Services continue after scare at Baton Rouge Islamic Center

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man has been arrested and charged with terrorizing after he was accused of going into the Islamic Center of Baton Rouge with a loaded gun on his hip, according to a warrant from East Baton Rouge Parish.

Officers say the man, identified as 32-year-old Mustafa Bilal, went into the prayer area of the center on August 13, 2015 and drew the weapon. He then ejected the magazine and cleared the chamber of the weapon before putting the gun to his head and pulling the trigger.

The warrant also states Bilal was uttering unintelligibly the entire time.

Documents say the congregation that was praying began to panic and run from the room. That is when the documents say Bilal he reloaded his weapon. He then began to scream unintelligibly at the crowd and pointing the weapon at those still in the room.

Detectives say Bilal turned and walked out of the Mosque, got into his car and left.

Bilal was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Friday morning. He has been charged with terrorizing and aggravated assault with a firearm. No bond has been set at this time.

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