UPDATE: Police on Sunday released a sketch of a dark-haired, bearded man with glasses.
Two Muslim men, including an imam were both fatally shot in the back of the head as they were leaving a mosque in Queens Saturday afternoon.
Police said 55-year-old Imam Maulama Akonjee and another 64-year-old man were killed as they left the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque.
Witnesses told a local CBS station that the imam had led a 1 p.m. prayer service and was walking home with another member of the mosque when a lone gunmen shot them in the street.
The gunman is still at large and police have not yet given a motive for the killings.
Both of the victims were dressed in traditional Muslim garb. The mosque serves a community of mostly Bangladeshi immigrants, CBS reported.
Dozens of angry Muslim men gathered at the scene of the crime, denouncing the shooting as a hate crime, according to the New York Daily News.
"We are devastated," said Kobir Chowdhury, president of a second neighborhood mosque. "We need to get to the bottom of this. We need to know if they did this just because of our religion."
Many blamed the shooting on the current political climate.
"We blame Donald Trump for this... Trump and his drama has created Islamaphobia," Khairul Islam told the New York Daily News.
Locals described Akonjee as a pious and well-respected member of the community.
"A family man has been lost and a scholarly imam has been lost and we are devastated and we want ... peace," Kobir Chowdhury told WCBS.