Hate crime: FBI joins probe into Sikh man's shooting in US

Investigators stated that the case is being probed on a priority basis and all action was being taken to identify the suspect.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has now joined the probe in the shooting of a Sikh man in the United States, which was being investigated as a hate crime by the Kent police department. Deep Rai, 39 was shot at by a partially masked man after being told to go back to his own country on Friday night in the city of Kent.

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The police had said that the victim and the shooter did not know each other. The FBI will now help the Kent police in the probe. No arrests have been made so far in the case. Investigators stated that the case is being probed on a priority basis and all action was being taken to identify the suspect.

This is the second such incident in less than a month in which a man of Indian origin has been shot at after being told to go back to their own country.

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It may be recalled that in February Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead at a bar in Kansas in what has been described as a hate crime. In the Kansas incident another Indian Alok Madasani too was injured in the shooting. A US navy veteran opened fire at the bar after getting into an argument with the Indian duo. He shouted, "Go back to your own country," before opening fire.

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