FBI joins probe into Sikh man's shooting, US assures speedy justice
Deep Rai, a US national of Indian origin, was shot outside his home on Friday in Kent, Washington, by a man who shouted: "go back to your own country".
A day after a Sikh man was shot by a partially-masked gunman in the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as joined the investigation as the US has assured India of "speedy justice" in the alleged hate-related crimes.
Deep Rai, a US national of Indian origin, was shot outside his home on Friday in Kent, Washington, by a man who shouted: "go back to your own country". FBI is investigating the incident as a potentially hate-motivated crime.
"The Seattle FBI is assisting the Kent Police Department through a joint investigation of the shooting incident."
"The FBI remains committed to investigating crimes that are potentially hate-motivated and we continue to work with all our community partners in the Seattle area," said FBI Seattle Spokesperson Ayn Dietrich.
This comes barely a week after another ongoing investigation by FBI into shooting in Kansas last week as a hate crime, in which 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani, yelling "get out of my country".
In another incident, 43-year-old Harnish Patel, the owner of a convenience store in Lancaster County, South Carolina, was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front yard of his home on Thursday.
India's Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna reached out to the State Department to convey his "deep concerns" to the US government on the recent tragic incidents involving Harnish Patel and Deep Rai.
"State Department, on behalf of US government, expressed condolences and assured they are working with all agencies concerned to ensure speedy justice," the Indian embassy in the US said in a series of tweets.