Sikh Man Shot After Being Told 'Go Back to Your Own Country'

Victim approached by masked man while working on car in driveway
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2017 4:09 PM CST

(Newser) – A Sikh man says he was told, "Go back to your own country" before being shot in the arm in his driveway outside Seattle, the Seattle Times reports. The 39-year-old victim was working on his car in his driveway Friday night when he was approached by a man he didn't know. The man was wearing a mask over the lower half of his face. According to the News Tribune, police say there was some sort of altercation and the masked man shot the victim in the arm before fleeing.

Police, who say the shooting is a "top priority," are still looking for the man. They've asked the FBI for assistance and are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, KING reports. The victim is expected to recover. Friday's shooting bears a surface resemblance to a shooting last month in Kansas in which a man allegedly shot two Indian men—killing one—after telling the victims, "Get out of my country." (Read more hate crime stories.)

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