Seattle: A Sikh man was shot and wounded near Seattle in the US state of Washington by an attacker who approached him in his driveway and reportedly told him to leave the country, police and media reported.
Seattle television station KIRO 7 reported on Saturday that the man was working on his car in his driveway when he was shot in the arm.
A witness told the TV station she knew the victim and saw him after he was attacked on Friday.
“Some comments were made to the effect of ‘Get out of our country, go back to where you’re from’ and our victim was then shot,” Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas said at a news conference.
“To think that this could happen in our community was very surprising and extremely disappointing,” Thomas said.
The Seattle Times quoted the unnamed victim describing his attacker as a “six-foot tall white man with a stocky build” wearing a mask that partially covered his face.
The victim was released from hospital, according to the news site, while the attacker remains at large.
In response to the attack, Rajdeeph Singh, a spokesman of The Sikh Coalition, called on national leaders “to make hate crime prevention “a top priority”.
“Tone matters in our political discourse, because this a matter of life or death for millions of Americans who are worried about losing loved ones to hate.”
India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj also condemned the shooting of the Indian national.
“I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai…I have spoken to Sardar Harpal Singh, father of the victim,” Swaraj posted on social media.
“He told me that his son had a bullet injury on his arm. He is out of danger and is recovering in a private hospital.”