Man charged with shooting at Meriden mosque to appear in federal court

Ted Hakey Jr. (Photo: U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly's Office)

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A hearing is scheduled in federal court for the man charged with firing shots at a Meriden mosque.

On Friday, officials said they matched bullets fired at that building to shell casings in a neighbor’s front yard. In addition to those shell casing, investigators also found text messages on the cell phone of Ted Hakey Junior…text messages that had Hakey in court on Friday and he will back here in New Haven federal court Monday, facing federal hate crime charges.

The incident happened back in November, just after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Hakey lives next door to the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden. Police say he took his high-powered rifle and fired several shots at the mosque, hitting the building four times, three of those bullets went through the wall right into the building.

Related: Arrest made after bullets hit Meriden mosque

Fortunately, no one was hurt. Investigators traced the bullets to Hakey’s home and found 18 shell casings in his yard. That was enough for a search warrant. In his home, they found two dozen different guns, more than a thousand rounds of ammunition and a bulletproof vest.

They seized his cellphone and on it were texts, one of which said he wanted to “unload on Muslims. I’m in a target rich environment.” And then, on the day of the shooting, another text “If the Muslims attack over here again, it’s over for them.”

News 8 spoke to the head of the mosque. He was surprised that it was a neighbor who was arrested, and that Islam is a peaceful religion.

Hakey told investigators he was not shooting at the mosque, but at a woodpile in his yard and he missed. He can tell that to the judge. He’ll be in court later Monday.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s