A 39-year-old Indian-American man in Kent, Washington was shot in his driveway by an unidentified gunman who ordered him to “Go back to your own country!”
The victim, Deep Rai, who practices Sikhism, was working on his vehicle in Kent’s East Hill neighborhood when the attacker approached, The Seattle Times said. It was about 8:00 p.m. on Friday.
Some altercation happened before the latter pulled out his gun and shot the victim’s arm. Rai has since been released from the hospital.
As described by the victim, the gunman was a white man, about 6 feet tall with a stocky build. He also wore a mask that covered the lower half of his face.
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Sikh community leader Jasmit Singh from Renton expressed his shock:
“He is just very shaken up, both him and his family. We’re all kind of 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.”
“I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai, a U.S. national of Indian origin,” India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Kent police assured (via The News Tribune):
“This investigation is a top priority for the Kent Police department and we have reached out to the FBI and other local law enforcement agencies.”