CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville police are investigating a hit and run near the Islamic Society of Central Virginia. Officers do not believe the incident was targeted but members of the mosque have a different take.

The hit and run happened shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday. Police said a dark colored Sedan struck a man's arm while he was walking along the 700 block of Pine Street.

The incident occurred during the month of a Ramadan, a time where Muslims are trying to get closer to God. Members of the mosque are asking for donations to increase security in and outside of the building. The Islamic Society of Central Virginia started a GoFundMe page to raise $30,000.

Another member of the mosque claims a car with the same description swerved at her while she was walking to the mosque earlier the same week but at the time she did not think anything of it.

“Now with these incidents people are of course very nervous, some are frightened and so we've been bolstering security measures around the building and within the building for awhile now in response to a lot of incidents around the world,” said Coby Meyers, vice president of the Islamic Society of Central Virginia.

The mosque had been bolstering its security measures in previous months, especially after the deadly attack in New Zealand. 

The investigation is still ongoing. Officers are asking anyone with information on the incident to call the Charlottesville Police Department.


Charlottesville Police Department Press Release:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- On May 9, 2019, at approximately 2312 hours, officers responded to the 700 block of Pine Street for the report of a hit and run.

Upon arrival, officers located a male who had been struck on the arm by a passing vehicle driving on Pine Street. The victim declined medical attention.

The suspect vehicle was last seen driving south on 9th Street SW, and is described as a dark colored sedan. At this time, it is not believed the victim was intentionally targeted.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280 or CrimeStoppers at (434) 977-4000.