Sikh man, 39, shot in suspected hate crime
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.