Deep Rai shot at in US, masked attacker shouted ‘go back to your country’
Seattle, Washington State
Mar 04, 2017
A Sikh man was shot at and wounded in his driveway in Kent, Washington, by a masked assailant who then called out to him to “go back to your own country”, a variation of the last words Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla heard at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, last month in a hate-crime murder that shook up both the US and India.
The Kent shooting took place at 8:00 pm, according to local police. The assailant walked up to the victim, a 39-year-old Sikh who was working on his car in the driveway. They had an argument that ended with the shooter opening fire, and telling him to return to his country.
The shooter, who wore a mask covering the lower portion of his face, had not been identified till the filing of this report and the local police were reported to have sought the FBI’s help in investigating the case, which appeared to be a hate crime.
“We’re early on in our investigation,” Kent police chief Ken Thomas told Seattle Times. “We are treating this as a very serious incident.”
The victim, identified by Indian authorities as Deep Rai, was shot in the arm and was released from hospital after treatment. He and his family are obviously shaken, as is the community.