A man of Moroccan descent who had U.S. citizenship was shot and killed on Oct. 11 while he sat in his car early morning in Martindale, 40 miles from Austin, Texas, authorities said.
Adil Dghoughi, 31, was in his car parked in a rural neighborhood when he was shot through the window, dying at the scene, reports NPR.
A statement by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office stated that deputies responded to a report of gunfire at around 3:42 a.m.
Police officers said a search warrant has been issued and they are investigating a homeowner who had reported a suspicious vehicle parked outside his residence and who then went on to confront the driver. However, no arrests have been made in the case as yet.
According to Buzzfeed, which received a copy of a report about the incident, the shooter is a man in his mid-60s and he used a handgun.
However, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has refused to answer any questions or release more information till the time the investigation is completed.
Dghoughi came to the US in 2013 and completed a master’s degree in financial analysis from Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island. In 2019, he moved to Texas to live near his brother, and in 2020 moved to Austin.
‘Stand your ground’
It is not clear whether the shooter will face legal action given that he can take the defense of a law known as “stand your ground”.
If they are defending something which is theirs, like property, they aren’t required to retreat or back down.
It means if a person commits an act of violence, he can take protection under self-defense.
However, self-defense explanations can’t be used to escape punishment. It is usually used when a person has been arrested or charged.
But self-defense laws have been misused when people of color are unjustly killed like Markeis McGlockton in 2018 and Ahmaud Arbery in 2020.
“Stand your ground” laws are being followed in 27 states, according to Southern Poverty Law Center.
In this case, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has spoken out against what it calls a discriminatory law and demanded a thorough and independent investigation into the incident.
“These laws have a history of being used to commit violence against people of color across the country,” said Faizan Syed, executive director, CAIR-Austin.
The deceased’s family and friends are now raising money to hire a lawyer and a private investigator to ensure that justice is done.