New York: Indian Americans seem to be an endangered community right now. More than half a dozen people have been shot dead since February this year. It is more than any other ethnic group in the US that is in fear of a looming attack.
In a gruesome incident that is going to make the Indian American community feel more unsafe, an Indian American couple was shot dead in their San Jose home.
Naren Prabhu, a Silicon Valley techie and his wife, Raynah Sequeira, were shot dead. Reports suggest that it may be a revenge attack by their daughter’s ex-boyfriend. 24-year old attacker whose name has been released by authorities as Mirza Tatlic was also shot dead by the police following the murder of the couple.
A CBS report said that the couple were shot dead at their home in San Jose. Prabhu’s daughter, Rachel Prabhu, who lives in another state, was not there.
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia later told the media, “The suspect had been in a relationship with the victims daughter who was not home…The relationship had ended last year. The suspect had a history of domestic violence and there was an active criminal restraining order…
While detailing the sequence of events authorities said, “When officers arrived at the home on Laura Valle Lane they saw an adult man deceased in the front doorway suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Officers learnt from the son that his mother and 13-year-old brother along with the suspect were still inside the house”.
The police chief later told the media, “As officers were setting up contain and arrest teams, the suspect released the 13-year-old boy,” Garcia said, adding that the suspect refused to surrender. Officers then went into the house and found the two deceased victims and the dead suspect, Garcia said.
A standoff quickly developed with the suspect and a SWAT team was called in. the suspect released the couple’s 13 year old daughter. Later he was neutralized by the SWAT team.
There is no denying that the Indians in the US have been the targets of a string of attacks in the last few months. Last month, an Indian-American man was killed and his wife was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in Indiana. In March, a woman from Andhra Pradesh was found dead along with her child at her house in New Jersey. There were multiple stab wounds on her dead body. In February, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an engineer was shot dead in an alleged racist attack by a navy veteran at a bar in Kansas.