Sikh man shot at in US, told to go back to your country
Rai described the shooter as a 6-foot-tall white man who was also wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face
A gunman shot a 39-year-old Sikh man in the US, shouting "go back to your own country" in a suspected hate crime incident that comes just days after an Indian engineer was killed in Kansas.
The Indian was shot and wounded outside his home by a partially - masked gunman. Indian official in New Delhi has identified the victim as US national Deep Rai, who was working on his vehicle outside his home in Kent, Washington, on Friday when he was approached by a stranger, who walked up to his driveway.
According to media reports, an argument broke out between the two men, with Rai saying the suspect made statements to the effect of "go back to your own country". The unidentified man then shot him in the arm.
Rai described the shooter as a 6-foot-tall white man with a stocky build. He was wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face, the victim said. Kent police say they’ve reached out to the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies.
“We’re early on in our investigation,” Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas said Saturday morning. “We are treating this as a very serious incident.”
Jasmit Singh, a leader of the Sikh community in Renton, said he had been told the victim was released from the hospital.
“He is just very shaken up, both him and his family,” Singh said. “We’re all kind of at a loss in terms of what’s going on right now, this is just bringing it home. The climate of hate that has been created doesn’t distinguish between anyone.”