After Kansas killing, another Indian-origin man shot dead in US

Friends and customers were in shock and were visiting Patel’s home to offer condolences to his family.

After Kansas killing, another Indian-origin man shot dead in US

Amidst the debate of security of Indians in the United States in the wake of the Kansas shooting, a 43-year-old Indian-origin man was shot dead outside his home.

According to a report in Press Trust of India, the victim owned a convenience store in Lancaster County, South Carolina. He was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front yard of his home on Thursday, police official said

Harnish Patel, 43, closed his store and drove in his silver minivan to his nearby home where authorities believe he was confronted by his killer. The store is about 6 km from his house,

The Herald reported.

Patel had locked up his nearby store less than 10 minutes before he was found dead, police said.

Patel was found in the yard a few minutes before midnight, according to a statement from Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. Police received calls at 11:33 PM after people called 911 to say that they heard screaming and gunshots.

Sheriff Barry Faile said the Indian ethnicity of Patel does not appear to be a factor in the crime. “I don’t have any reason to believe that this was raciallymotivated,” Faile said.

Friends and customers were in shock and were visiting Patel’s home to offer condolences to his family.

“Who would do anything like this to him, as good as he is to everybody,” Nicole Jones, a frequent customer at Patel’s store, told WBTV.

Dilipkumar Gajjar, a close friend of Patel who owns the ABC store next to the Speedee Mart, said Patel came over to this country to better his family’s life, and did that.

Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump had condemned the Kansas shooting and said that America stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.