Chicago, December 29: A 19-year-old Indian-origin student was shot dead on Thursday morning in a robbery attempt in Illinois, United States. The victim identified as Arshad Vohra, a native of Gujarat’s Nadiad, was shot dead after robbers struck a gas station in Doloton, a less populated locality about 30 kilometres from the city of Chicago, CBS media reported. Also Read - Indian-American Research Team Develops Phone-Based Saliva Test, Rewarded With Rs 73 Lakh
The incident comes amid growing attacks on Indians in recent months. According to a report, during the incident, Vohra was waiting for a family member, who worked at the gas station. A 55-year-old relative of Mr Vohra who also worked there was injured by the robbers. He was critically admitted to the Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Also Read - 'Free Julian Assange': Fashion Designer-Activist Vivienne Westwood Protests Inside Bird Cage Against Extradition of WikiLeaks Founder to US
The robbery took place on Thursday at around 11 am (local time) at the Clark gas station in Dolton. The Chicago Sun Times reported that the gas station is family-owned and operated. Some reports also said that the investigators are now started looking for video footage of the shooting. Also Read - Infectious Diseases Expert Anthony Fauci Calls Out 'Bizarre' Attacks of White House to Discredit Him
After the incident, the robbers fled from the spot and almost two days after the murder of Vohra no arrest has been made in this connection.
The cops have also announced $ 12,000 reward for any information on the accused. Earlier this month, Karunakar Karengle was killed during a robbery by two hooded attackers in Ohio.
A 30-year-old Indian national pursuing his master’s degree from Chicago was seriously injured after he was shot in his right cheek by an unidentified assailant.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 28-year-old software engineer from India, was fatally shot in Olathe, Kansas, in February by a United States Navy veteran who had told him and his friend at a bar to go back to their country.
Two months ago, a Sikh man was shot in his arm in his driveway in Kent, Washington state, by a masked man who had told him to go back to his “own country”.
In 2017, around 58,491 incidents of gun violence across the United States were reported in which 14,763 people were killed and 29,888 others were injured, the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a not for profit corporation reported.