Robber shoots Indian-origin store clerk, calls him IS terrorist

The clerk sustained injuries and was released from hospital over the weekend.

By: PTI | New York | Updated: December 16, 2015 11:00 am
Indian attacked in US, Indian attacked in Michigan, Indian man attacked US The Indian-origin man worked at a store in Michigan owned by Sikh-American businessman Inderjit Singh. (Source: Google Maps)

In a suspected hate-related incident, an Indian-origin store clerk was shot in the face during a struggle with an unidentified man who called him a terrorist and part of the ISIS terror group as he tried to rob the store, a media report said. The clerk, whose name was not released, worked at a store in Michigan owned by Sikh-American businessman Inderjit Singh.

The clerk sustained injuries and was released from hospital over the weekend. He told co-workers that the robber called him a “terrorist” because he is of Indian descent, according to a report in mlive.com, a Michigan-based news website.

Singh’s daughter Gurleen Kaur, said the robber demanded money from the store worker then led him to a back room where he put the barrel of a long gun into the worker’s mouth. The victim, 34, told Kaur that the robber called him a “terrorist” and said he was part of Islamic State terror group.

The worker, fearing he would be killed, grabbed the rifle and was shot in the cheek during the struggle, she said. Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Terry Dixon said the victim responded bravely. “We’re very proud of how he responded in light of this incident. This could’ve been much, much worse given the apparent intent of the suspect,” Dixon said.

“If the victim had not fought off the suspect, then this could’ve been a much more serious incident.” Kaur said the gunman threatened the worker allegedly because of his ethnicity “but I don’t know why he did what he did,” she said. “It could’ve happened to anyone that looks like us,” she said.

“We’re Americans,” she said. “We’re trying to live normal lives, be Americans.” The robber, wearing a mask and holding a gun, left with an undisclosed amount of money.

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    Pat
    Mar 15, 2017 at 10:04 pm
    Could be a muslim or who attacked this poor worker. Who knows s are instigating criminals to hurt Indians out of hatred?
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      Surinder
      Jan 28, 2017 at 6:11 am
      Some orthodox Sikhs in USA don an attire similar to 'Muslim Pirs'. Time to revise the attire to just 'Smart Casua'l. No offense meant. This revision would be inline with teachings of the first Guru.
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        Ron Wagner
        Jan 30, 2017 at 1:17 am
        Yet we had a "Black" half White president elected twice. Indians have their own caste and religious problems. I live a couple of hundred yards from a Sikh gurdwara in rural Illinois. No problems whatsoever. In fact, although I am a devout Christian my beliefs are closer to Sikhism according to a religious test I took.
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          person
          May 27, 2016 at 11:05 pm
          123
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            Chandu Shah
            Jul 25, 2016 at 8:47 am
            You don't what normal is you
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              Yakobi
              May 20, 2016 at 11:48 pm
              They do not have time of it, it is not an isolated case, but happens thousands f times in a year, in den of unemployment Michigan, full of hindus drug addicts.
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                Krishna
                Jul 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm
                The elitie is the one perpetrating this heinous crime.
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                  Gosh
                  Apr 9, 2016 at 9:56 pm
                  Some of these Sikhs want to swing both ways and now slowly starting to pay the price!lt;br/gt;Karma - you cannot escape from it!
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                    Harry Achari
                    Jul 10, 2016 at 10:15 am
                    many americans support terrorism, many converted to the dangerouse religion. with so called "terrorism" these people attack sikhs and budhist ( recently occuted one) and they say terrorists. so called wrong attack. These people could be terrorist minded people who wants to save real terrorism, by attacking other religious people. Recent attack proves that these terrorists ( even could be a white converted terrorist) attack sikhs and budhists. Media misguide people as anti terrorists actions. By doing this way real terrorism functions uninterrupted. American knows the fact people with turban are all sikhs. American afhani people dont wear turban. This incident is just to misguide people. Indian people, muslims (execpt a tiny group) , hindus, christians, or sikhs are not all interested in terrorism but in economy. But ofcourse, many stanis are busy with terrorism and unfortunately they are all look like indians and bangladeshi and srilankans. This is just, deliberate attack on civilians by terrorist friendly people or a robber with "terrorism" excuse while they are aware of real ones. America is a fertile soil for terrorism because of its governments connivance to that growing danger and lack of law which forbids religious conversion. In fact, in America some even famous political parties are indirectley appeasing and supporting terrorism. I think, Mr. Trump is aware of that growing danger.
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                      Harry Achari
                      Jul 10, 2016 at 10:45 am
                      there could be a hatred towards people and ofcours, robbery is for mony. But it is advisable to people to look normal ( clean shaved) without turban in america, especially this time after some terrorist actions happened. in fact, the real terrorists look normal. Having special looking is, probably inviting trouble.
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                        khan
                        Jul 17, 2016 at 2:02 pm
                        What about Khalistan slaughtering. Will Sikh forget it?
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                          HELLWITHISLAM
                          Jun 23, 2016 at 4:35 pm
                          hindus should identify seperately from muslims
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                            HELLWITHISLAM
                            Jun 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm
                            indians abroad should distiguish themselves from stanis
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                              Parappur
                              Feb 16, 2016 at 5:47 pm
                              Wearing ones religion on ones sleeves has its dangers. If one insists on wearing religious symbols face the consequences.
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                                James bond
                                Jul 14, 2016 at 5:20 pm
                                if you need to stay alive in a country like america, u need to completely involve urself into them. im not saying to forget ur culture but u can change ur dressing style. Dressing doesnt change who u really are or whats ur ethnicity but u should take ur measures and precautions for survival. Afterall all that matters is ur life, not ur religion
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                                  Desh
                                  May 23, 2017 at 1:07 pm
                                  Lots of NON Muslim Indian are working in gulf region, Mostly hindus and probably around 80 ,leaving the luxuries life,30 are doing businesses,rest getting fat tax free ries,they earn best of their leaving yet they criticize the Arabs and Muslim. No other countries in world like this Arabs are so tolerant,,even though all the indians are the expats and not national even they accommodated them and treat them well, will the non Muslim will follow the same dress code as the Arabs,to show the solidarity and respect to the country they are leaving and earning there best, In fact some Hindus and Christians are busy in propagating there religions smartly and these Arabs are still show patience and tolerance. will in India the hindus,will show same tolerance and patience for other religious,I'm afraid to say NO,they will not,because RSS,VHP and other organisation has injected the hatred in the their NDA.
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                                  sushil
                                  Jul 13, 2016 at 6:44 am
                                  Perhaps the safer strategy would be for the Indians, Sikhs to abandon turban and beard and dress like normal folks. When you are in Rome be a roman is an old saying, meaning identify with folks around you and merge into the culture of the adopted country. If you remain as separate groups then you may have to face hate crimes. If you cannot dress like local countrymen then return to own country, India.
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                                    jai
                                    Jan 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm
                                    these petty criminals/thugs are everywhere. he used the word' terrorist' to intimidate the indian guy into submission. white thrash come from poor socio-economic backgrounds and together with drugs/alcohol, make a deadly combination of desperation. i salute the indian guy who bravely fought for his life!!
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                                      Kirthiga Suresh
                                      Aug 15, 2016 at 5:16 am
                                      Alas, skin color can't be changed.
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                                        Dr.M.M.HAZARIKA PhD
                                        Jul 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm
                                        Who gave terror to us? No western Counties did it. It happened in front of us when the late President Ner invited the Russians in order to save his Regime. Who awaken up the Taliban or Al-Qaida or JeM who live in Caves? In order to replenish the loss of East stan through its acquiring of Independence, it attacked Afghanistan (to expand its territory); radicalizing the said evil outfits utilizing various clerics. It became so strong; we required to evolved a FORCE at Middle East to neutralize it. Being stan fully engaging in manufacturing or producing such evil elements within us; it has spread through out the GLOBE and hence such results. The moment stan stop doing the aforesaid; entire GLOBE might calm down, even though it is much dela. This is the exact TRUTH.
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                                          ramboy
                                          Jun 10, 2016 at 10:23 am
                                          The people who attack our Sikh brothers are losers who are either druggies or drunks getting quick fix money. As for insulting us, they are uneducated and only reflect a very TINY minority.These people think anyone BROWN is a Muslim or a terrorist.The funny thing is that the American need the talented brownies ..beared or not. I have met some really cool Americans who dont have preducises, they are the more educated ones like the majority.
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                                            sam
                                            Mar 1, 2016 at 5:59 pm
                                            I used to go out ofmy way to explin to White Amreican Rednecks that Shiks were not Muslims.I do not do that anymore after seeing many sikhs burning Indian flags. shouting pro stan slogans in Kashmir and here in US hearing Sikhs shouting "Hindu Kuta Hai"
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