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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Possible hate crime being investigated
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Issa Alzouma's windshield and driver side windows were all smashed in early Saturday morning. A hateful note was left amongst the shattered glass. A possible hate crime. YNN's Elizabeth Jeneault has more on the story.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- These pictures represent $3,500 worth of damage.

Police are investigating the incident and looking into the possibility of it being a hate crime.

"It would be a hate crime if the act was due to the person's race or religion," said Sgt. Joseph Donahue, Watertown Police Department.

Issa is a Muslim immigrant from Niger.

Facts mentioned in the letter, evidence that will help build the case.

"There is some racial overtone and reference to the person's religion. That's part of the investigation that has to be looked into," Donahue added.

The letter also urged Issa to quit his job. Which makes him think the crime might have been committed by a co-worker.

His company has put him on paid leave, which he says is frustrating. Fearing for his safety, he asked us not to show his face.

"Just to stay around here and do nothing bothers me because it's something that I'm not used to. I'm always working in my life," said Issa Alzouma, Watertown Resident.

In the meantime, Issa will wait for the perpetrator to be identified.

"I would love to see him and ask him why he did this to me. Why he came to my house in the middle of the night and do this to me. Because I would never do this stuff to anybody," Alzouma went on to say.

Now the police are urging anyone who might have been walking or driving down Boyd Street late Saturday night and saw or heard something suspicious to give them a call as they say at this point in the investigation, any tip or lead could help.

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