Indian-origin businessman shot dead in US store

New York: An Indian-origin businessman was shot dead inside a store in the US this week. Prius Patel and an employee were shot dead inside a store in Newport News, Virginia, on Wednesday, WTKR TV reported. Meanwhile, the police have cracked a year-old case of yet another such murder of an Indian-origin businessman and arrested […]
 


Indian-origin businessman shot dead in US store

New York: An Indian-origin businessman was shot dead inside a store in the US this week. Prius Patel and an employee were shot dead inside a store in Newport News, Virginia, on Wednesday, WTKR TV reported. Meanwhile, the police have cracked a year-old case of yet another such murder of an Indian-origin businessman and arrested the suspect.

 

In Lindenhurst, New York, police, who were engaged in the stabbing murder of Kinshuk Patel at his store, finally arrested the suspect, WCBS TV reported on Thursday. Sanjay Patel, a cousin of Kinshuk Patel, told the station, “Thanks for the spies, it’s a good job, one year to close the issue and I request all the people, please (to do) all Give justice to the family.”

 

Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said a customer visiting a 7-Elven store found none was working and called the police, WTKR said. Drew said when police went there they found Patel (52) and Logan Edward Thomas (35) dead at a shop attached to a petrol station. He said the police suspected it was a failed robbery and were looking for witnesses and scanning videos from surveillance cameras, according to the station.

 

The US is facing an unprecedented increase in violent crime and New York state saw a 58 percent increase in homicides in 2021 compared to 2019.

Both men were working in retail businesses, which have a high concentration of Indian immigrants, and which, according to a US government agency, are at “high risk of attacks and violent acts”.

In Lindenhurst, an officer said they have evidence of fingerprints and DNA blood from alleged killer Joel Atzman and a video of Kinshuk Patel entering the store, according to WCBS. Kinshuk Patel, 33, has two sons, aged 18 months and five years, and his wife Ruchika Patel.

The police station said she went to the dapper smoke shop when her husband did not return home after closing time and found a scuffle there.

WCBS reported that when accused killer Etzmon was presented in court, he was “agitated” and the judge ordered him to be kept without bail and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Ruchika Patel told the police station, “He should be in jail for the rest of his life because he wasted a life.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “retail work is one of the jobs at highest risk for workplace violence” and “occupations at high risk of assaults and violent acts include convenience stores, gas stations and businesses that sell alcoholic beverages.” “.