The Sikh man was working on his car in the driveway of his home when he was shot in the arm, according to Seattle television station KIRO 7, which spoke to a woman who knows the victim and saw him after he was struck by the bullet yesterday. "Some comments were made to the effect of 'get out of our country, go back to where you're from,' and our victim was then shot," Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas said at a news conference.
"To think that this could happen in our community was very surprising and extremely disappointing," Thomas said. Sikh community members stood behind Thomas as he described the shooting. Police believe the suspect, who is at large, is a man, media reported. The victim was released from hospital, the Seattle Times reported. A spokesman for Kent police could not be reached for further comment late yesterday.