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, 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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    Raj Parwani
    Jun 12, 2017 at 8:51 pm
    Thousands of hate incidents against Indians after trump's win should be an eye opener for Indians who think that they are different than Sikhs and muslims, let me tell you in eyes of the racist every brown person is bad, that the definition of racism, it doesn't differentiate between good and bad. Some posters here are mad at this incident but also doing exact same racism against Sikhs and Muslims, cyberhaters, you guys are no better than the one who committed this crime.
    1. P
      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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        Raj Parwani
        Jun 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm
        You are definitely a racist. Guys like you elected racist trump and caused more than 20 hate incidents against Indians since trump won. It's wrong to hate based on skin color or religion, plain and simple, no matter who it is against.
      2. S
        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.
          1. P
            May 27, 2016 at 11:05 pm
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              Chandu Shah
              Jul 25, 2016 at 8:47 am
              You don't what normal is you
              1. Y
                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.
                1. K
                  Jul 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm
                  The elitie is the one perpetrating this heinous crime.
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