Indian-origin trader shot dead outside home in US

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Mar 2017 08:31:54


NEW YORK,

Mar 4,

(IANS),

WITH the nation still in shock from the killing of an Indian engineer last week, an Indian-origin businessman was shot dead outside his home in Lancaster, South Carolina, on Thursday night.


Harnish Patel had closed his shop at 11.24 pm and barely 10 minutes later he was shot dead outside his house, according to media reports. Patel’s death comes two days after President Donald Trump had said the nation condemned as ‘hate and evil’ the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla the previous Wednesday in Olathe, Kansas.
But local officials in Lancaster said they do not believe that Patel’s killing was a bias crime and that investigations are continuing, according to The Herald. “I don’t have any reason to believe that this was racially motivated,” County Sheriff Barry Faile said on Friday.


Patel’s store was near the sheriff’s office and deputies often frequented the store.
Faile said on TV that Patel was a “great family man” and a friend. The station said that Patel is survived by his wife and child in elementary school, who were at home when he was killed.
In the Feb 22 Kansas incident in which Kuchibhotla was killed by a man screaming, “Get out of my country”, Alok Madasani, who was with him at a bar, and an American, Ian Grillot, who tried to stop the shooting, were shot and injured.