Will the shooting change life for Chattanooga Muslims?
July 19, 2015 at 1:00 a.m.
| Updated July 19, 2015 at 11:13 a.m.
For more than 40 years - despite the terror of 9/11 and the mass shooting at Fort Hood and bombing of the Boston Marathon - Muslims in Chattanooga have lived at peace with their neighbors.
There was no hate mail or death threats, no picketing or bullying.
The worst Bassam Issa can remember is a stolen lawn mower.
"They are Americans. This is their country, and this is their city," said Issa, who is president of the Islamic Center of Greater Chattanooga.
While other cities, even as close as Murfreesboro, Tenn., were fighting the erection of mosques and warning of radical Islam, Issa said Chattanooga was quiet.