FBI joins investigation into Sikh man’s shooting in hate crime
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 07 Mar 2017 08:53:27|
By Lalit K Jha,
THE FBI has joined the investigation into the shooting of a Sikh man by a partially- masked gunman, who shouted “go back to your own country”, in a suspected hate crime.
Deep Rai, a US national of Indian-origin, was shot outside his home in Kent, Washington, on Friday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (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. The FBI is also investigating another 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”. Meanwhile, Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera has condemned the shooting of Rai, saying crimes motivated by hate are on the rise. “This disturbing crime is an outrage that goes against everything we stand for as a nation of immigrants,” Bera said.
“On the heels of the Kansas shooting, crimes motivated by hate are on the rise,” Bera said.
“Xenophobia and racism have no place in America, and we as a nation need to stand up to these hate crimes -- starting with the President (Donald Trump). Thankfully, the victim is recovering and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family,” said Bera, the three-term Indian American Congressman from California.