Sikh man, 39, shot in sus­pected hate crime

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A 39-year-old Sikh man was work­ing on his car in his drive­way in Kent, Wash., just south of Seat­tle, when a masked man walked up hold­ing a gun.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the Seat­tle Times, there was an al­ter­ca­tion, and the gun­man — a stocky, 6-foot-tall white man wear­ing a mask over the bot­tom part of his face — said, “Go back to your own coun­try” and pulled the trig­ger.

Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing as a sus­pected hate crime, the news­pa­per re­ported.

The vic­tim, whose name has not been re­leased, was shot in the arm about 8 p.m. Fri­day and suf­fered in­juries that are not lifethreat­en­ing, the news­pa­per re­ported. The man who shot him re­mained at large. Kent po­lice have reached out to the FBI and other law en­force­ment agen­cies for help.

The shoot­ing comes weeks af­ter an In­dian man in Kansas was killed and an­other was in­jured by a gun­man who told them to “get out of my coun­try” be­fore open­ing fire in a bar.

Au­thor­i­ties there were also in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the shoot­ing was mo­ti­vated by bias.

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