Another racist shooting in US, following attack on Sikh

Another racist shooting in US, following attack on Sikh
Police are hunting a suspect in the shooting of a Sikh man who was told to 'go back' to 'his country' before the attacker puller the trigger.
2 min read
05 March, 2017
American Sikhs are living in fear following the latest racist attack [Getty]
Police in Seattle are searching for a suspect following another racist attack on the US' Indian community.

A white gunman shot the Sikh man in the arm after telling him to "go back to your own country" this week, in another unprovoked racist attack in the US.

The victim - named as Deep Rai, a US national of Indian origin - was working on his car on his front driveway when a stocky, six-foot tall white man wearing a mask approached him.

He was then shot in the arm following a short altercation.

It follows a string of attacks against Muslims and people of colour in the US.

Weeks earlier, one Indian man was killed and another injured when they were shot by a white American man in a Kansan bar who yelled "get out of my country" before firing the gun.

India's government has intervened following a spate of shootings against its nationals and Americans of Indian origin. New Dehli's foreign minister has spoken to the father of the victim according to AP.

"I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai, a US national of Indian origin," Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

The injuries of the latest victim were not life-threatening and Rai was released from hospital shortly after being treated.

However, he is said to be badly "shook up" following the incident, according to the news agency, while the Sikh community are living in fear following the attack.

America's Sikh community have fallen victim to a spate of racist attacks following 9/11 with many being mistaken for Muslims due to the long beards and the turbins worn by male followers of the religion.

Muslims and other people of colour have also been killed or assaulted since President Donald Trump came to office, following a highly-charged election campaign which saw him win support among racist and far-right groups. 

Agencies contributed to this story.