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Sikh man shot dead ‘execution-style’ in New York’s South Ozone Park

31-year-old Satnam Singh was sitting in a jeep near his home  when  the incident occurred. 

New York: An Indian-origin man was shot dead execution-style as he was sitting in a jeep near his home in New York, according to media reports, a report in The Tribune, Chandigarh, says.

After the shooting on Saturday afternoon, June 26, Satnam Singh, 31, was taken to a local hospital where doctors declared him dead, the New York Daily News reported quoting police.

The incident happened in the South Ozone Park neighbourhood, which is next to Richmond Hill where two Sikh men had been assaulted in April in what police had classified as hate crimes.

Both areas have large numbers of people of Indian origin.

The News said that there was a discrepancy between the police and eyewitness accounts of the shooting.

According to police, the shooter had come on foot and shot him as he sat in the jeep, but a neighbour said the assailant had fired from a car and that her home security camera had captured the incident.

AmNY news site said that as of Sunday morning, June 27, there had been no arrest and police were unsure of the motive.

The News said that there was a discrepancy between the police and eyewitness accounts of the shooting.

The News, quoting police sources, said that Satnam Singh had borrowed the jeep from a friend and detectives were looking into whether he was the shooter’s intended target or had been mistakenly killed by someone who actually wanted to attack the owner of the vehicle.

In April, two Sikhs had their turbans knocked off and robbed in separate incidents in Richmond Hill.

Police had arrested two men in connection with those attacks and charged them with hate crimes.

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