Washington: just over a week ago, an Indian American, Anshul Sharma was killed in a hit and run case. Now another Indian has lost his life in the US, this time to a mindless shooting.
While there are no reasons to believe that Anshul Sharma was killed due to reasons related to race or the color of his skin, Vikram Jaryal’s death is very shocking indeed.
All of 26-year old and belonging to the fertile land of Pathankot in Punjab, the youth had landed in the US less than four weeks ago. The 26-year old youth was killed from point blank range by two masked gunmen who first snatched the cash from him. He was working at a petrol pump owned by a family of his friend.
Authorities claim that Vikram Jaryal, who worked at AM-PM Gas Station in Yakima city, was behind the counter when two people in masks came in and robbed the store on. He didn’t resist the robbers in their robbery and still they pumped bullets in his chest is all the more surprising. Authorities after watching the video clipping of the robbery and the shooting claim that he handed them the cash when they pulled the gun and asked him to give it to them.
Jayaram was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. “The victim was able to tell officers what happened when they arrived a few minutes later; but tragically, he died a short time later at the hospital,” police was quoted as saying by the NBC Right Now channel.
His elder brother, while talking to the media said that the youth had arrived in the US in March and it was still not a full month since his arrival from India. India’s foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, in a series of tweets condoled the death and said she was keeping a tab on the development.
Mike Bastinelli, Yakima Police Department while talking about the development said, “Somebody knows something. Somebody knows these people. The still photos show a very recognisable top that one of the suspects is wearing…The shooter wore a black hoodie with patches of white on the back”.