In a shocking incident of crime, an Indian-origin student was shot dead during an attempted armed robbery in the US, becoming one of the latest victims of gun violence in the country. Another Indian was injured in the attack. Arshad Vahora, 19, was shot dead on Thursday at the Clark gas station at 142nd and Langley in Dolton in Chicago. Arshad Vahora was a native of Gujarat’s Nadiad. According to police, two people were shot during an armed robbery attempt inside the convenience store. The second victim, who was not named, was critically wounded, police said, adding the victims are related.
Reportedly, Arshad Vahora was filling in for a family member at the convenience store and gas station. The suspects fled the scene. No one has been arrested yet. A USD 12,000 reward is being offered to help solve the case.
The shooting comes amidst growing attacks on Indians and Americans of Indian descent in recent months.
On December 15, Karunakar Karengle was killed during a robbery by two hooded attackers in Ohio.
Earlier this month, a 30-year-old Indian national pursuing his masters in Chicago has been seriously injured after he was shot in his right cheek by an unidentified assailant.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a software engineer from India, was fatally shot in Olathe, Kansas, in February by a US navy veteran who had told him and his friend at a bar to go back to their country.
Weeks later, a Sikh man was shot in his arm in his driveway in Kent, Washington state, by a masked man who had told him go back to his own country.
There were 58,491 incidents of gun violence across the country in 2017 in which 14,763 people were killed and 29,888 others injured, according to Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a not for profit corporation providing public access to gun-related violence.