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Sikh man shot, wounded in hate crime in Kent, Washington

Sikh man shot, wounded in hate crime in Kent, Washington

On Friday evening, Deep Rai was working on his car in his driveway in Kent, a suburb of Seattle, when he was approached by a stranger. The stranger spoke to him aggressively, telling Rai to “go back to his country,” before shoving him to the ground and shooting him in the arm. Rai is now “out of danger” according to India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, who has spoken with the victim’s father. CNN reports that the victim was released from the hospital on Saturday. Police are investigating the shooting as a hate crime, and are still hunting for the assailant. Hate crimes against Sikhs have been on the rise since 9/11, possibly because they are easily recognizable, with their turbans and beards, and people mistake them for Muslims.

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Jesse Snider

This breaks my heart. Sikh's are among the most peaceful charitable and kind persons on Earth. There is a Sikh gurudwara near my home and they are always engaging and charitable acts feeding the poor clothing the naked they even have a program where they inoculate people that come against the flu pneumonia etcetera. They're so kind and while I certainly we're not give up my Christian faith that doesn't keep me from admiring them. God bless and protect he's good people from the foolishness ignorant persons in this land.

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