A 26-year-old Indian man was shot dead allegedly by two masked armed robbers at a convenience store of a gas station in the US’ Washington state, his family said on Friday.
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 on Thursday.
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, according to his elder brother.
The victim’s brother Lovely Singh called the incident a hate crime and said the family’s only request is to have Vikram’s body come back to them.
I got a call from my friend about the incident at night. We then saw the news flash on TV. We contacted the Embassy there, and they say they’ll do all they can. Our only request it to get Vikram’s body back, and they said we will get it by next week.
Vikram’s uncle Dalbir Singh said that their request is to the government to get the perpetrators of the attack arrested.
The person who shot our child should also get arrested. We also request the government not to have such stores stay open late at night when there aren’t too many customers and such unfortunate incidents can happen.
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 later tweeted that she has received the report on the incident and that a probe is on.
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.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)