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In this January 2015 photo, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich makes remarks during a ceremony to rename a mental health services center in Glendale after him. (Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Comments by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich about Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino have elicited ire from Muslim community leaders. But the Republican supervisor insists he stands by his remarks.

In a speech to constituents after the shooting, Antonovich said, “The first thing I asked about this incident, was the guy named Mohammad?”

Antonovich, who represents the northern reaches of the county, spoke at the West Ranch Town Council meeting that night and talked about the attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino earlier that day. Brandon Lowrey, a reporter who was at the meeting as a freelancer for the local SCV Reader, tweeted the “Mohammad” comment. Antonovich has confirmed making the comment.

It upset some who said it unfairly singled out Muslims over other perpetrators of mass shootings.

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