WA Sikh Man Shot, Told ‘Go Back to Your Own Country’

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Police in Kent, Wa., are looking for a gunman who allegedly walked onto a Sikh man’s driveway on Friday night and shot him, saying “Go back to your own country,” reports the Seattle Times. The victim, 39, was working on his vehicle when he was approached by an unknown man. An altercation followed, with the victim saying the suspect made statements about returning to his country. The victim was shot in the arm.

The victim described the shooter as a 6-foot-tall white man with a stocky build. He was wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face, the victim said. Jasmit Singh, a leader of the Sikh community, said the victim “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.” The Sikh Coalition, a New York-based civil rights group, asked local and federal authorities to investigate the shooting as a hate crime.

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