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FBI helping investigate Sikh man's shooting near Seattle

KENT, Wash. — The FBI will help investigate the shooting of a Sikh man who said a gunman approached him as he worked on his car in his suburban Seattle driveway and told him "go back to your own country," authorities said Sunday.

Kent police Chief Ken Thomas said that no arrests have yet been after the victim was shot in the arm Friday but that he did not believe anyone was in imminent danger.

"This is a top-priority investigation, and we are doing everything possible to identify and arrest the suspect," Thomas said, adding that the city of about 120,000 should "be vigilant."

It comes after an Indian man was killed and another wounded in a recent shooting at a Kansas bar that federal agencies are investigating as a hate crime after witnesses say the suspect yelled, "Get out of my country."

Hira Singh, a Sikh community leader, said there have been increasing complaints recently from Sikhs near Seattle who say they have been the target of foul language or other comments.

"This kind of incident shakes up the whole community," he said, adding that about 50,000 members of the faith live in Washington state.

India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, identified the victim on Twitter early Sunday, saying, "I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai, a U.S. national of Indian origin."

She said she had spoken to Rai's father, who told her Rai is out of danger and recovering in a hospital.

FBI helping investigate Sikh man's shooting near Seattle 03/05/17 [Last modified: Sunday, March 5, 2017 7:11pm]
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