Kent police investigate possible hate crime after Sikh man shot
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 6:15
A Sikh man was shot and injured in his own driveway by a stocky white man who screamed "go back to your country" before firing his gun.
"This type of activity will generate the full force and effect of the Kent Police Department resources that we could possibly muster up to hold those people that commit this type of crime that is completely unacceptable to hold them responsible", the police chief said.
The victim is out of danger and has been released from hospital.
They want to push authorities, including the FBI, to investigate this as a hate crime. The victim says the shooter was a white male but was wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face.
The victim was then shot in the arm.
"All they see is a person with a turban, so it could have easily been me", Amarjit Singh said.
Kent police have reached out to the FBI and other local agencies to assist in the investigation, the Seattle Times reported. "However, we are treating this as a very serious incident".
"He is just very shaken up, both him and his family", Singh told the newspaper. "The climate of hate that has been created doesn't distinguish between anyone". "I stand with the Sikh community & condem these acts", she wrote.
The Washington Post reported Sikhs have faced similar fears since September 11, 2001, anxious that they are singled out for persecution due to their religious head coverings, according to Sikhnet, a global virtual community for the religion's adherents.
Patel's death comes two days after President Donald Trump had condemned as "hate and evil" the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, (32), the previous Wednesday in a Kansas bar.