Drive-by targeting Muslim women may be hate crime

OPP and Ottawa police officers investigate a shooting on Hwy. 417 Friday evening. Cruisers were...

OPP and Ottawa police officers investigate a shooting on Hwy. 417 Friday evening. Cruisers were seen lined along Bronson Ave and Plymouth St. just after 11 p.m. (MICHAEL SUTHERLAND-SHAW/QMI Agency)

Danielle Bell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

OTTAWA — Cops are investigating the possibility a drive-by shooting that targeted a family of five Muslim women Friday night was a hate crime or an attempted honour killing.

“We’re certainly considering it,” Acting Staff Sgt. Kenny Bryden said of the possible motive.

The women, all of whom were wearing hijabs, were shot at while travelling east along Hwy. 417, near the Rochester exit, shortly before 11 p.m.

Two shots hit their car in what was initially thought to be a case of mistaken identity.

No one was injured.

Police are examining traffic camera footage.

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