PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - A Pasco County judge on Friday added enhanced charges that turn what was an aggravated battery into a hate crime.
The victim of this attack did not want his face shown, but he did talk to us today about what he went through.
He also says he has a concealed weapons permit and was carrying a real gun, when he was shot in the face with those pellets.
Cameron Mohammed still has two pellets in his head from the Wednesday morning shooting in front of a Wal-Mart in Lutz.
One in his neck, the other above his left eye.
"Half an inch lower he would have got my eye, half an inch or an inch, he could have gotten me in the temple," said Mohammed.
Authorities says they received several calls identifying Daniel Quinnell as the man in surveillance video attacking Mohammed.
The tips led the Pasco Sheriff's Office to a Wesley Chapel hotel where he was staying. He was arrested Thursday night. The judge set bond at $20,000.
One those calls came from Quinnell's own mother.
"She did something that was very hard to do, to call the police on your own child. But she recognized, the danger, she didn't want to see anyone get hurt," said Pasco Sheriff's detective Lisa Schoneman.
Investigators says before he shot Quinnell asked Mohammed if he was Middle Eastern or Muslim, then used racial slurs, upset he was with a white girlfriend.
Detectives says that kind of talk continued when he was arrested
"He said that's the problem with the world, Muslims are taking over," said Schoneman.
As it turns out Quinnell may be the lucky one, because Mohammed, who was born in Tampa with parents from Trinidad, says he was carrying a loaded .45 caliber hand gun. But he decided not to shoot back.
"It puzzled me to have him hate someone so much. In 2013 you figure people like that in the world aren't there. So many things were going through my head. It just something kept holding me back from pulling it out," said Mohammed.
Mohammed says he will have surgery Monday to remove the two pellets. Quinnell has an extensive arrest record with more than a dozen arrests. His mother told detectives he suffers from depression and is extremely prejudice.
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