Press "Enter" to skip to content

Sikh man shot down in US

Mar 17, 2019

A 39-year-old Sikh man was shot down in the US after being told ‘go back to your own country‘ outside his Kansas home.

The incident is another suspected hate crime that comes just days after the killing of an Indian engineer in Kansas, and the shooting of 

The Sikh man, identified as US national, Deep Rai, was working on his vehicle outside his home in Kent, Washington, on Friday when he was approached by a stranger, who walked up his home‘s driveway.

Kent police said an argument broke out between the two men. The unidentified man then shot him in the arm.

Reacting to the incident, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said, ‘I am sorry to know about the 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.‘

On the attack on Rai, MaryKay L Carlson, Charge d‘Affaires, American Embassy in New Delhi, said she was saddened by the shooting in Washington state.

‘Wishes for quick and full recovery. As said we condemn hate and evil in all its forms‘, she tweeted.

The victim described the shooter as a six-feet-tall white man, wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face. Kent police are looking for the gunman.

Kent Police chief Ken Thomas said ‘While the Sikh man sustained non life-threatening injuries, they are treating this as a very serious incident.‘

An Indian government official said, ‘Rai is able to talk.‘ The official said the government was ready to offer all possible assistance to the wounded man.

Authorities are investigating the shooting as a suspected hate crime, according to the Seattle Times.

India‘s Consulate in San Francisco is in touch with local authorities who are ascertaining the nature of the crime, the Indian official said.

Kent police have launched an investigation into the case and have reached out to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

‘We‘re early on in our investigation,‘ Thomas said. Kent Police Commander Jarod Kasner said the incident is getting attention from the Sikh community and others.

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, Kasner said.

The incident is the latest in a series of troubling cases where Indians have been targeted in apparent hate crimes.

It comes on the heels of a shooting in Kansas last month in which 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him.

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *