RALEIGH, N.C. — Chapel Hill police said they are investigating whether religious or ethnic hatred motivated the killings of three Muslims, and federal investigators said hate crimes haven’t been ruled out.

The FBI also announced Thursday that it has “opened a parallel preliminary inquiry to determine whether any federal laws were violated.”

U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand, the district’s top federal prosecutor, had said Wednesday that there was no immediate evidence Muslims were being targeted.

Chapel Hill police said again Thursday they believe the deaths of the three resulted from a long-standing dispute over a parking at the apartment complex where the suspect, Craig Stephen Hicks, and the three victims lived… see more

source: usatoday