Law enforcement authorities have provided the identity of a maintenance worker who was killed at an Orlando mosque last week.
On Tuesday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim of last week’s homicide at the Husseini Islamic Center as 59-year-old Mahmood Al Taee of Longwood.
According to SCSO, deputies found Taee’s body at the center, which is located at 5211 Hester Ave in unincorporated Sanford, on the morning of Thursday, March 24. Taee’s body exhibited significant injuries and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities believe the suspect broke into the facility and was involved in an altercation Taee, before a witness reported seeing the suspect leaving the area in Taee’s Chrysler Town & Country minivan.
A “be on look out” (BOLO) alert was issued and law enforcement made contact with the vehicle at a Sam’s Club parking lot in Indian River County. When confronted, the suspect, 38-year-old Ahmed Raslan, was shot multiple times by Indian River County Deputies.
Raslan was transported to a local hospital.
Detectives say Raslan had been making irrational statements online prior to the homicide. According to those statements, the suspect believed the mosque was his residence.
According to the center, Taee functioned as the facilities khadhim, or caretaker.