Gun-related violence is on the rise in the US as indicated by the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit organization in the country. Among them, the attacks on Indians and Americans of Indian origin are increasing at an alarming rate. One such incident recently occurred in the state of Illinois on Thursday and took the life of a 19-year-old student of Indian origin.
Arshad Vahora was substituting for one of his relatives who worked at Clark gas station in Doloton, a village close to Chicago. Some gun totting robbers struck the gas station at around 11 am, Thursday and in the struggle Arshad Vahora lost his life. Another elderly relative of the student, working there was seriously injured and was taken to the Christ Medical Centre in Oak Lawn. Investigators’ efforts are focused on finding video footage of the shooting. Authorities have declared that anyone giving information on the accused will receive a reward of $12,000.
This shooting incident is one of the many that have been heard about in recent months. Another Indian, Karunakar Karengle of Ohio became a victim of two hooded attackers on December 15. In another case, a 30-year-old Masters student of Indian nationality was shot by an unknown assailant on his right cheek in Chicago.
The incident that made headlines was the one that occurred in a bar at Olathe, Kansas. A US navy veteran entered the bar where Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian software engineer and his friend were seated and told them to return to their country. The fanatic navy veteran then shot at Srinivas. The gun-shot proved fatal for Srinivas.
A few days later, a Sikh met with an injury on his arm after being shot at by a masked man in his driveway at Kent, Washington.
All in all, incidents involving gun-related violence in the country totaled to 58,491 in 2017. Of them, the injured totaled 29,888 and the dead amounted to 14,763 people.