CRIME

FBI calls shooting of Sikh man in Washington 'most likely a hate crime'

A sketch of the suspect.

A sketch of the suspect.  (Kent Police Department)

The FBI says everything in their investigation points to Friday night’s shooting of a man in his driveway in Kent as being “most likely a hate crime.”

Kent police also released a sketch of the suspect on Thursday, describing the shooter as a white man in his late 30s. They say he is 6 feet tall with a stocky build. The sketch shows the man with thick, dark eyebrows and brown eyes.

Authorities said Thursday they need the public’s assistance to help solve the crime. Police are offering a $6,000 reward and have set up a phone line for tips: 253-856-5808.

Detectives say the shooter came up to the victim in his driveway around 7:30 p.m. Friday. They say there was some type of argument and the shooter told the victim to go back to his country and shot him in the arm. The victim is recovering.

Police say the victim does not know the shooter but was able to describe the man to create the sketch.

Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas said the shooting has impacted the Kent community and garnered national attention.

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