UPDATED|March 5, 2015 4:00pm

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Dallas Police say a man was shot dead while taking pictures of snow early Thursday morning.

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According to investigators, 36-year-old Ahmed Al-Jumaili was in a parking lot in the 9900 block of Walnut Street after midnight taking pictures off snow when he was shot.

Police say Al-Jumaili was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital, where he died.

Officer Monica Cordova says witness told police some unknown men were randomly firing when a bullet struck the victim.

However, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations tells CBS 11, because of a rise in incidents against Muslims, they wonder if this shooting was actually random.

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Nearby residents say they heard lots of gunshots.

“That was out of the ordinary,” said Maurice Lincoln.  “We heard a series of five shots, then it stopped.  Then all of a sudden, what was that?  Than more shots.”

Al-Jumaili’s Father-in-law, Mohammed Altaae spoke to CBS 11 about what happened.

“They were coming from the exit gate. My son-in law and his wife had just come out to take pictures of the snow, because the snow yesterday was [a lot], and they came from there and came here and started shooting,” said Mohammed Altaae.

Several parked vehicles in the area were also hit by gunfire.

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