Gun pointed at religious leader's head during Memphis lecture

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A video on Facebook shows a man pressing a gun to the head of a religious leader in Memphis.

Memphis Police Department said it is investigating the video as an aggravated assault. The incident happened at Masjid Al-Noor Islamic Association of Greater Memphis on Mynders Avenue.

The victim said he was giving a lecture about Islam and the violence happening in Somalia. He is a religious leader who travels the country giving similar lectures and promoting peace. The person appears to point the gun at the man's head twice before he realizes it.

He said during his lecture, a group of Somalians listening to him got up and one of them pointed a gun to the back of his head.

WMC Action News 5 spoke to a man who spoke with the Somalian speaker the day after the incident. He said there was no threat at all.

From his conversation with the religious leader, he said the man who pulled the gun was simply joking around and never intended to carry out any violent act.

The speaker told the man, "Do you know that doing that is going to get you into trouble?"

No arrests have been made at this time. The man in the video told police the suspects are from a different Somalian tribe and are violent.

Below you can watch the full video. Note the assault happens around an hour and seven minutes into the video.

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