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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                    Kumar
                    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:32 am
                    Now Indian Hatemongers feels then Pinch of pain, when hate with their own minority they deny and face the same siatuation for which they are crying. Where is MODI he is not interested to visit US.
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                      L bhadrapati Devi
                      Mar 5, 2017 at 10:03 am
                      Sikh dress code may be mistaken as Islamic terrorists. After the terror attacks in USA and west, people with dress code is treated as an attack on the culture of West.
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                        Mo
                        Mar 5, 2017 at 9:25 am
                        total #x10;B.#x10;S or C.S
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                          neel patel
                          Mar 5, 2017 at 8:33 am
                          don't say that because there are some people who might get angry just by hearing your name ......
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                            indian
                            Mar 5, 2017 at 6:37 am
                            Its a shame on image of most powerful country of the world. This is an example of true intolerance. In India when Dadri and other lynching cases happened and people raised voice citing intolerance againt minorities, all the bhakts did not agree. I hope now after these recent unfortunate cases in US they understand how is it to be a minority and that too being bullied and overpowered. Now every one will raise voice and claim howw we indians helped great US to be great and US govt. ought to take some actions to prevent such incidents in future. And its definitely required that every human life should be respected irrespective of religion, race, ethinicity. Same theory applies in India as well. Indians, lets think rationally and logically. Dont be just votebanks based on religion. Try to relate with situation in US. Lets make India great!
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                              rightman
                              Mar 5, 2017 at 9:17 am
                              The Muslim are who started seeding hatred and other are being punished .
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                                rightman
                                Mar 5, 2017 at 9:20 am
                                if they can get rid of the rag on their head then they may be safe
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                                  sahil
                                  Mar 5, 2017 at 6:44 am
                                  His voters thought Fuhrer is friend of every head of state in the world and the heavily marketed disco dance events in US meant even Americans love the bharatiya fuhrer. Alas for them fuhrer has not even spoken let alone do something about it.
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                                    Rajan
                                    Mar 5, 2017 at 6:58 am
                                    Do not forget all this is happenning because of our radical islamist madmen who have turned the w world into one of untrustworthyness!!
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                                      Orange
                                      Mar 5, 2017 at 8:18 am
                                      I am reminded of a common republican quote regarding gun control 'the only way to control a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun' but none of those republicans are saying that this time , because it was person of color that was shot. Double standards?
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