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Police: FBI to help investigate Sikh's shooting

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KENT, Wash. -

The Latest on the shooting of a Sikh man in Washington state (all times local):
    
12:05 p.m.
    
Authorities say the FBI will help investigate the shooting of a Sikh man in a Seattle suburb by a suspect who told the victim "go back to your own country."
    
The victim, identified by India's foreign minister as Deep Rai, a U.S. national of Indian origin, told police that a man approached him as he worked on his car in his driveway Friday in the city of Kent. He says they got into an argument before the gunman shot him in the arm. Rai is expected to recover.
    
Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas told The Associated Press in an email Sunday that no arrests have been made and that the FBI had agreed to help the department with the investigation.
    
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11:05 a.m.
    
Leaders of the Sikh community near Seattle say they're shocked by the shooting of a Sikh man by a suspect who said "go back to your own country."
    
Hira Singh, a Sikh community leader in the city of Kent, said Sunday that there have been increasing complaints recently from Sikhs who say they have been the target of foul language or other comments.
    
He says about 50,000 Sikhs live in Washington state, and Friday night's shooting has shaken the community.
    
The victim, identified by India's foreign minister as Deep Rai, a U.S. national of Indian origin, told police that a gunman approached him as he worked on his car in his driveway. Rai says they got into an argument before the gunman shot him in the arm.
    
Police are searching for the shooter.

Previous coverage:

Police in a Seattle suburb are looking for a gunman who shot a man in the arm and told him to "go back to your own country," the Seattle Times reports.
    
The victim - a 39-year-old man who observes the Sikh faith - tells police that he was working in his driveway about 8 p.m. Friday when the unknown man came up to him, the Times says. Male observant Sikhs often cover their heads with turbans, which are considered sacred, and refrain from shaving their beards.
    
The victim says an argument ensued and the suspect told him to go back to his homeland. The newspaper reports that the victim told police the man then shot him in the arm.
    
The victim tells police that the shooter is 6-foot-tall, white and has a stocky build. The Times says the victim told police the man was wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face.
    
Kent police tell the newspaper that the agency has contacted the FBI and other law enforcement agencies about the incident.

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