Kent Hate Crime: Sikh Man Deep Rai Recovering After Being Shot

Deep Rai, a 39-year-old Sikh man who was allegedly shot in the arm by a man who told him to go back to his country, is recovering from his wound at home in suburban Seattle.

Deep Rai’s family said they are "getting back to normal", a community leader informed.

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The victim is shaken up and concerned about the safety of his family, but "he felt really, really blessed that he has survived with very little suffering and that he's received an enormous amount of support," said Jasmit Singh, another community leader.

Police in the city of Kent are investigating the Friday night shooting as a hate crime and the FBI has joined the investigation. No arrests have been made so far, police said. Seattle FBI spokeswoman Ayn S Dietrich said the agency, in conjunction with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, has also opened an investigation into the case to determine if there was a federal civil rights violation.

The FBI's Seattle office said it is "committed to investigating crimes that are potentially hate-motivated."

The shooting comes after an Indian man was killed and another wounded in a recent shooting at a Kansas bar that federal agencies are investigating as a hate crime after witnesses say the suspect yelled "get out of my country."

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