Two days after a 26-year-old Indian man was shot dead allegedly by two masked armed robbers at a convenience store of a gas station in the United States’s Washington, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said she has received a report of the incident and Indian authorities are coordinating with the US investigating agencies.
Vikram Jaryal, who was working as a clerk in the store at AM-PM Gas Station in Yakima city, was behind the counter when two people in masks came in and robbed the store on Thursday. Police said the clerk handed the suspects money, but one of the suspects fired at him.
“The victim was able to tell officers what happened when they arrived a few minutes later; but tragically, he died a short time later at the hospital,” police was quoted as saying by the NBC Right Now channel.
According to Swaraj, the investigative agencies have got CCTV footage and are in the process of apprehending the suspects. She added that the Indian consulate in San Francisco is in touch with Jaryal’s family.
Jaryal hailed from Hoshiarpur district in Punjab and had shifted to the US about a month ago, his elder brother said. On Friday, Swaraj condoled the “tragic death” after she was informed about the incident by the victim’s brother through twitter seeking her help to bring back the body.
The cops said they are in a process of identifying the suspects, who wore a black hoodie with patches of white on the back.
“Somebody knows something. Somebody knows these people. The still photos show a very recognisable top that one of the suspects is wearing,” officer of the Yakima Police Department, Mike Bastinelli, said.