A 43-year-old Indian-origin, Harnish Patel, a convenience store owner in the Lancaster County, South Carolina, the US has been shot dead outside his home, just days after an Indian engineer was killed in Kansas in a hate crime shooting that had sent shockwaves across the country. The victim was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front yard of his home.
However, according to the Lancaster County police chief, the Indian ethnicity of Patel does not appear to be a factor in the crime. "I don't have any reason to believe that this was racially motivated," the police head said. Friends and customers were in shock and were visiting Patel's home to offer condolences to his family.
Another Indian, a 39-year-old, Deep Rai has been injured when an unidentified person shot him outside his home and allegedly shouted "go back to your own country”. Rai was working on his vehicle outside his home in the city of Kent in the Washington state, when he was approached by a stranger, and was shot at. Post an argument, the unidentified man then shot him in the arm.
The recent shootings come close on the heels of the shooting in Kansas of a 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani at a bar before yelling "get out of my country." US President Donald Trump had condemned the Kansas shooting. He had said America stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.