A 36-year-old Sikh man was shot dead by a masked gunman during an armed robbery at a convenience store in the United States.
Amanjeet Singh Toor was shot dead early on Monday during the robbery at the store in Arizona where he worked.
In south phoenix, Arizona a Sikh store clerk, Amanjeet Singh Toor
The customers of the seven-eleven store, and colleagues have been left in shock and dismay. The local community described Mr. Toor as a kind and friendly man who had no enmity with anyone.
Reports suggest it was an armed robbery attempt, but after cash was handed over, Mr. Toor was still shot dead.
His wife Kamaldeep Kaur attended the public conference on Thursday to appeal for help in finding the culprit.
“They come into our stores, give us the finger and shout, ‘Go back to your country. This is a common thing for us. Any terrorist attack that happens, we get affected every year. Our lives have not been the same since 9/11,” Said Rana Singh Sodhi, speaking on behalf of the familiy (his own brother was killed in a hate crime just 4 days after 9/11)
Migrated with his wife 6 years ago
Mr. Toor had immigrated from India six years ago and his wife Kamaldeep Kaur. She had recently joined him in Phoenix from India, a report in AZCentral, an Arizona news site, said.
“This was a very hard loss for us. He was a role model for most of us,” Mr. Toor’s cousin Micky Gill said on Thursday at Phoenix police headquarters.
About 2,500-3,000 Sikh families live in the Phoenix metro area.
Officials seek public help
Police described the shooter as male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, face mask and red gloves.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377), or for Spanish, 480-TESTIGO (480-837-8446). Callers can remain anonymous.
“This is a request for public assistance in the investigation of a homicide robbery,” said Phoenix police Officer Vincent Lewis.
The store where Toor worked is collecting donations for the family.