Cops hunt­ing sus­pect who shot Sikh

New Straits Times - - World -

Po­lice in a Seat­tle sub­urb were look­ing for a gun­man on Satur­day, who shot a Sikh man in the arm and told him to “go back to your own coun­try”. the Seat­tle Times re­ported.

In­dia’s foreign min­is­ter said on Twit­ter yes­ter­day the vic­tim’s name was Deep Rai, who told po­lice that he was work­ing in his drive­way on Fri­day when the man came up to him.

“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,” said Foreign Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj.

Rai told po­lice in the Seat­tle sub­urb here that the shooter was 1.8m tall, white and had a stocky build. He said the man was wear­ing a mask over the lower half of his face.

Po­lice told the news­pa­per that the agency has con­tacted the FBI and other law en­force­ment agen­cies about the in­ci­dent.

Jas­mit Singh, a leader of the lo­cal Sikh com­mu­nity, said he was told that Rai had been re­leased from hos­pi­tal.

“He is just very shaken up, both him and his fam­ily. We’re all 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.”

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