Two Indian men were shot on Friday night in separate incidences spanning the country. And once again, “go back to your own country” was the rallying cry of a shooter.
The first man, Harnish Patel, was shot and killed in his driveway in Lancaster County, South Carolina. He had just returned home after closing his Speedee Mart store less than five miles away.
Sign on door at Harnish Patel’s Lancaster store says it’s closed due to family emergency. Owner was shot and killed last night. pic.twitter.com/gFpjQpjtWt
— Greg Suskin (@GSuskinWSOC9) March 3, 2017
Barry Faile, the local Sherriff was quick to point out to local media that the victim’s ethnicity did not appear to have been the reason he was murdered.
“I don’t have any reason to believe that this was racially motivated.”
Sherriff Faile offered no other possible alternative reasons for the crime, with no report of anything stolen from Patel’s vehicle or home.
Local residents had only praise for Patel, stating that he was a great neighbor and friend who would often help customers who couldn’t always afford groceries for their family.
At almost the same in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington, A Sikh man was also shot in his driveway.
The victim was working on a vehicle in his driveway when a suspect approached him and told him “go back to your own country” before shooting him and running away.
The suspect was described as a 6-foot-tall white male wearing a mask.
Meanwhile, these shootings come on the heels of a similar shooting in Kansas last week when a white man yelled “get out of my country” before opening fire on two Indian men at a bar in Olathe, Kansas.
One of the men was killed, while another bar patron was also injured trying to fend off the gunman.
All of these shootings and killings come on the heels of a report that “hate crimes” have sharply risen since Donald Trump became the Republican front-runner last year.