25-year-old Indian shot dead in US during robbery at convenience store
New York, April 8, 2017
A 25-year-old Indian, identified as Vikram Jaryal, was shot dead during an armed robbery at a covenience store he was working in at Yakima in Washington state in the United States of America early on Thursday morning, reports reaching here said.
Media reports from the town said Jaryal told police what had happened at the AM-PM convenience store, where he worked as a clerk, before he succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
The report said police were looking for two people in masks who robbed the store on Yakima Avenue and 6th Street in the town just before 2.00 am on Thursday.
Police have released pictures from the CCTV cameras in the store and have sought the help of the public in finding the suspects.
According to the reports, the clerk, who was behind the counter when the masked men barged into the store, cooperated by handing over the money to them, but one of the suspects shot him anyway.
Police arrived on the scene a little later and the victim was able to tell them what happened.
Meanwhile, in New Delhi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on micro-blogging site Twitter that she had received a report on the incident.
She said the victim had reached the United States only 25 days ago and was working at the gas station owned by a family friend.
"On 6 April two miscreants entered the shop at 1.30 am. They snatched cash from victim and shot on his chest. This resulted in his death," she said.
"We are coordinating with the investigative agencies. They have got the CCTV footage and are in the process of apprehending the culprits," she said.
Ms. Swaraj said the Consulate General of India in San Francisco was helping the family and following up the matter with the police authorities.