A Sikh man living in the US state of Washington has been shot at by a man who allegedly told him to “go back to your own country”, just a week after an Indian engineer was shot and killed in a Kansas bar in a suspected hate crime.
Police in a suburb of Seattle – home to a large community of Indian migrants, many of whom work in the city’s IT industry – are reportedly looking for a gunman who shot at the 39-year-old victim as he worked in his driveway on Friday night.
According to the Seattle Times, the gunman approached the victim, shouting abuses and telling him to “go back to your country”. An argument reportedly followed after which the gunman shot the victim in the arm before fleeing.
The shooting comes just a week after an Indian engineer was killed and another injured by a gunman at a bar in Kansas.
The victims – Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, who died from his wounds and Alok Madasani, 32, who was seriously injured – were told to “get out of my country” by the gunman who was later arrested and charged with murder.
Many in the United States and India blamed President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric for the shootings.
The White House initially refused to comment on the incident before admitting that it was a “hate crime”.