US: 39-year-old Sikh shot by masked man, community members suspect ‘hate crime’ attack

The victim alleged that the shooter told him to 'go back to his country' before shooting him in the arm.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 6, 2017 11:59 am
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A 39-year-old Sikh man living in Washington’s Kent city was allegedly shot outside his home by a masked stranger on Friday when he was working on his car. According to the victim, the attacker was six-foot tall and was covering the lower half of his face with a mask. He alleged that the man told him to ‘go back to his country’ before shooting him in the arm.

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The victim has been identified as Deep Rai, a US citizen, news agency ANI reported. The injuries were reportedly “non-life threatening”. The city police, acting swiftly, asserted that they are “treating this as a very serious incident”. The Consul General of India in San Francisco is also reportedly in touch with local authorities.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday spoke to the victim’s father and inquired about his health. “I am sorry to know about attack on Deep Rai a US national of Indian origin. I have spoken to Sardar Harpal Singh father of the victim. He told me that his son had a bullet injury on his arm. He is out of danger and is recovering in a private hospital,” she said in a series of tweets.

US Envoy to India, Marykay Carlson also condemned the incident. “Saddened by shooting in Washington. As US Pres said we condemn ‘hate and evil in all its forms,'” she said.

Meanwhile, members of the Sikh community suspect that Rai was victim of a “hate crime”. “It looks like a hate crime, we are talking to authorities,the community is very concerned,” a San Francisco resident told ANI.

Taking cognizance of the matter, Kent Police Commander Jarod Kasner said: “With recent unrest and concern throughout the nation this can get people emotionally involved, especially when (the crime) is directed at a person for how they live, how they look.”

The attack comes just days after a 43-year-old Indian-origin businessman Harnish Patel was found dead in his yard with bullet wounds in South Carolina. In another incident, two Indian engineers were shot at by a 51-year-old Navy veteral in a bar in Kansas. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, one of the victims, lost his life in the incident.

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    Abbiya
    Mar 5, 2017 at 10:28 am
    Stupid devi ...diverse your mind and narrow mentality...why this stupid american kill harnish patel. You are the biggest internal terrorist to harm our praceful nation
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      Masood Ali
      Mar 5, 2017 at 7:28 am
      Anyone can get angry and outraged looking at their weird Beard.
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        Masood Ali
        Mar 5, 2017 at 7:25 am
        It is not a racial attack. Infact attack on the way Sikh looks and their weird , bushy, untrimmed beard. Sikh need to look good neat and clean.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sikh should trim their AWKWARD BEARD . Just see how Muslims leave beard Neat and cleaned and trimmed ,shaved and shaped.
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          albert
          Mar 5, 2017 at 7:04 am
          Go and explain your nonsense to White Americans. Hope you dont have to do it over long time as soon of one them will silence you and pack you back to india.
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            arc
            Mar 5, 2017 at 7:30 am
            Breaking news: RSS has just ordered a Gujarat like genocide in US to cleanse American society of Christians. The method prescribed is decapitation.
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              arc
              Mar 5, 2017 at 11:42 am
              In god's eye Hindi Sikh Muslim are all equal. In Amreekan white god's eye, all brownies - Hindu Sikh Muslim - are equal and ate liable to be shot. Therefore, God equals Amreekan white man. QED. No wonder Chaddi chief Modi licks Amreekan white god's hind quarters. That's why Chaddi nationalist bhakts are not screaming bloody murder.
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                kamath Ramesh
                Mar 5, 2017 at 10:48 am
                Where is the western media hiding their face which tried to b India as intolerant and failed. Why so called world renowned security force is still not successful in nabbing the culprit. These countries are great only on paper and when times comes they do not p the test.
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                  Kumar
                  Mar 5, 2017 at 7:34 am
                  Looks like (RSS) I d i o t hatemonger.
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