Sikh family’s murder in Cincinnati not hate crime: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj said, “Indian Ambassador in the United States has informed me about the killing of four persons in Cincinnati on Sunday evening. One of them was an Indian national on a visit to the US while others were persons of Indian origin.”

Cincinnati gurdwara president has described the Sikh family beautiful. (Photo: WCPO TV channel

External Affairs Minister (EAM Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that the murder of a Sikh family in United States’ Cincinnati city was “not a hate crime” and the investigation by the police is underway.

Sushma Swaraj said, “Indian Ambassador in the United States has informed me about the killing of four persons in Cincinnati on Sunday evening. One of them was an Indian national on a visit to the US while others were persons of Indian origin.”

“The matter is under investigation by the Police but it is not a hate crime. Our Consul General in New York is coordinating with the concerned authorities and will keep me informed me on this,” she said.

Three women and a man were found dead at an apartment complex in Ohio’s Cincinnati city where multiple gunshots were fired, police said Monday. No suspect has been identified. Police also said that they don’t believe any of the victims to be the shooter.

The West Chester Township police said that a man called around 10 pm on Sunday, saying he had arrived at the complex in a northern Cincinnati suburb to find four members of his family wounded.

“They are on the ground and bleeding,” said the caller, often choking up and out of breath as the dispatcher struggled to get details from him.

“They are all bleeding.” At times, he can be heard frantically yelling “Help!”

Police said it appeared the family was preparing dinner when attacked, and there was some smoke when they arrived from the abandoned meal preparation.

They were also interviewing family members and neighbours.

“It does not appear that the shooter is among the dead,” Township Police Chief Joel Herzog said, adding that he doesn’t believe there is any danger to the community. There was no lockdown in effect at a nearby school, he said.

“It appears to be isolated,” Herzog said.

(With inputs