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Sikh shooting in Washington (KOMO)
Sikh shooting in Washington (KOMO)

A Sikh man was shot in Washington by a man yelling, 'Go back to your own country'


A Sikh man was shot in his driveway Friday night in Washington state after the gunman yelled, "Go back to your own country."

The victim, who remains anonymous, is a U.S. citizen from India. The man's family said he was cleaning his car in Kent, Washington, when the shooter approached. A heated conversation ensued, and the Sikh man was pushed to the ground and shot. 

He is expected to make a complete recovery, but the shooter is still at large.

A Sikh man was shot in Washington by a man yelling, 'Go back to your own country'

WATCH | Our partners at KOMO spoke to a local Sikh community about the shooting.

The Sikh community is shaken and very frustrated at the hate and rhetoric that is being spread today about anyone that looks different.
Satwinder Kaur, Sikh community leader

The shooting suspect is a white man about 6 feet tall. Police say the man has a stocky build and was seen in dark clothing and a mask covering the lower half of his face.

The FBI's Seattle office is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, CNN reported

This comes after three men, two of them Indian, were shot in Kansas by a man who reportedly yelled, "Get out of my country." One of the men died of his injuries.

The Sikh community said many of its members were at risk of hate crimes due to their faith requiring turbans and beards. 

India's Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, tweeted her condolences.

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