Sikh shot at in US by man yelling ‘go back to your own country’
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 06 Mar 2017 08:40:43|
A partially-masked gunman who shouted “go back to your own country” shot Deep Rai in the arm
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai. I have spoken to father of the victim, who told me that his son is out of danger
A 39-YEAR-OLD Sikh man in the US has been shot outside his home by a partially-masked gunman who shouted “go back to your own country”, in a suspected hate crime that comes just days after the killing of an Indian engineer in Kansas.
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 to his home’s driveway. Kent police said an argument broke out between the two men, with Rai saying the suspect made statements like “go back to your own country”. 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,” Swaraj tweeted.
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 @POTUS 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”. Rai is able to talk, an Indian government official said. The official said the government was ready to offer all possible assistance to the wounded man.