Indian-origin businessman shot dead in USA days after Kansas shooting

On the night of March 2, a woman called the police and said that she heard screaming and gunshots and when sheriff's deputies arrived, they found Patel dead from apparent gunshot wounds a few feet from his house, WBTV reported.

Harnish Patel, who owned a store, was found dead in the front yard of his home with bullet wounds on his body. No arrests have been made yet but officials believe the incident does not appear to be a hate crime.

Those well acquainted with Patel, who had known him for years were shocked. An American was injured in the attack as well.

Lancaster County police said they received calls at 11:33pm after people called 911 to report the incident.

Kuchibhotla was killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire on him and his friend Alok Madasani at a bar before allegedly yelling, "get out of my country".

While Indian community is yet to heal from the "hate crime" - killing of 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla ten days ago in Olathe city of Kansas state, the latest is that the killing of Indian-origin businessman Harnish Patel is also suspected to be "hate crime" and racially motivated.

"Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in the Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms", Trump said. He told the bartender there that he needed a place to hide because he had "just killed two Middle Eastern men", media reports had said. The US state department expressed their condolences and they assured that the US agencies have taken things seriously and are working to prevent such incidents in future. His store was close to the Sheriff's office and deputies often frequented the store.

Patel was reportedly found just a few feet from the door of his home and was pronounced dead on scene from apparent gunshot wounds.

  • Leroy Wright