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4 Of Sikh Family Killed In US Home; Sushma Swaraj Says, "Not Hate Crime"
They were found dead at their home in West Chester apartment complex in Cincinnati on Sunday evening.
4 Of Sikh Family Killed In US Home; Sushma Swaraj Says, "Not Hate Crime" (representational image)
New Delhi: In the United States, around four members of a Sikh family, including three women, were shot dead at their home in Cincinnati. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted, one of them was an "Indian national on a visit to the US while others were persons of Indian origin" It was "not a hate crime", she said.
The victims have been identified as Hakikat Singh Panag, 59, his wife, Paramjit Kaur, 62, their daughter, Shalinder Kaur, 39, and his sister-in-law, Amarjit Kaur, 58.
The family was found dead at their home in West Chester apartment complex in Cincinnati's Lakefront on Sunday evening. All four of them died of "apparent gunshot wounds," West Chester Township Police Chief Joel Herzog told reporters.
A family member called 911 after he found the bodies at the apartment in suburban Ohio community, Mr Herzog said. "My wife and three other family members were on the ground and bleeding... they're bleeding from the head," a man said on the 911 call released by the police. "No one's talking, no one's talking," he shouted.
The police said that at least one of the victims was preparing food when they died, the police said. By the time the cops arrived at the apartment, the unattended dish was on fire.
The killer is on the run and has not been traced yet.
In New York, the Indian Consulate took to twitter to say that the officials were in "constant touch" with the West Chester Township Police and the family.
"We are confident about the culprit being brought to book," the Indian Consulate assured in one of the tweets.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)