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CAIR-NJ Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Shooting Death of Sikh Gas Station Owner

CAIR logo(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 6/1/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the shooting death of Davinder Singh, 47, who was shot at the Power Gas Station on West Market Street in Newark, N.J., sometime before 4:25 p.m. Monday.

Singh's son, Jatinder Singh, said that there was no robbery or struggle, and that a man approached his father and shot him at point blank range. Police said Singh, of Iselin, was pronounced dead at University Hospital shortly before 4:45 p.m.

SEE: Son Believes Shooting Death of Gas Station Owner was Hate Crime

“The lack of any other clear motive for this heinous crime and the fact that Mr. Singh wore a turban may point to a possible bias motive. This attack comes at a time of an unprecedented rise in hate incidents targeting Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims,†said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We call on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this murder and to bring the perpetrator to justice.â€

[NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]

CAIR has in the past spoken out against bias-motivated attacks on American Sikhs.

SEE: CAIR-WA Expresses Solidarity with Sikh Community After Desecration of Temple Mistaken for Mosque

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, jsues@cair.com; CAIR-NJ Communications Director Abdul Mubarak-Rowe, 908-668-5900, amubarak-rowe@cair.com

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