“Tragic” says Sushma after another Indian shot dead in US

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

File Photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

In another attack on Indian in United States, a 26-year-old man was been shot dead allegedly by two masked armed robbers at a convenience store of a gas station in the Washington state. There has been a spurt of attack on Indians in US off-late, majority of which were said to racially motivated.

It, however, is still not known if the latest attack was another racially motivated hate crime.

The deceased, Vikram Jaryal, who was working as a clerk in the store at AM-PM Gas Station in Yakima city, was behind the counter when two people in masks came in and robbed the store yesterday.

Police said the clerk handed the suspects money, but one of the suspects fired at him. Jaryal was taken to the hospital where he later died.

“The victim was able to tell officers what happened when they arrived a few minutes later; but tragically, he died a short time later at the hospital,” police was quoted as saying by the NBC Right Now channel.

Jaryal hailed from Hoshiarpur district in Punjab and had shifted to the US about a month ago, his elder brother told the news agency PTI.

In New Delhi, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj condoled the “tragic death” after she was informed about the incident by the victim’s brother through twitter seeking her help to bring back the body.

The Minister also said that the Indian Consulate in San Francisco is helping the family of 26-year-old Vikram Jaryal, who was shot dead allegedly by two masked armed robbers.

“I have received a report on the shootout incident resulting in the tragic death of Indian national Vikram Jaryal in Washington State USA,” Swaraj tweeted.

“The victim was only 26 years old and had reached US only 25 days back. He was working at the gas station of a family friend,” she said in a series of tweets.

“We are coordinating with the investigative agencies. They have got the CCTV footage and are in the process of apprehending the culprits,” she said, adding, “Our consulate in San Francisco is helping the family and following this up with the Police authorities.”

Police are investigating the case and are now looking for two men caught on surveillance camera leaving the store.

“Somebody knows something. Somebody knows these people. The still photos show a very recognisable top that one of the suspects is wearing,” Mike Bastinelli, Yakima Police Department said.

“The shooter wore a black hoodie with patches of white on the back,” the officer was quoted as saying in the local press.

(With inputs from Agencies)