Indian student shot dead by robbers at US store

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Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she had received a detailed report on the "unfortunate death" of student Dharampreet Singh Jassar in California.

"It may be a hate crime as we have been informed that the robbers exchanged heated arguments with Dharampreet and one of them opened fire at him before leaving the store", Jagdeep Singh adds, reports Hindustan Times (HT). According to United States police the incident occurred in Fresno city of California on Tuesday.

Dharmapreet Singh Jasser, of Nawanshahr, Punjab, was murdered by armed robbers while he was working at a local grocery store next to a gas station, The Indian Express reported. Report states that he is suspected to be one of the four robbers who looted the gas station and fired multiple shots, one of which hit Jasser, according to Press Trust of India.

The culprits later fled with cash and a few big boxes of cigarettes, the police said.

The robbery was reported to the police officials on Wednesday when a customer stopped by the store to buy something and noticed Jasser lying on the floor in a pool of blood.

Jassar hailed from Punjab and was a student of accounting.

The victim Dharampreet Singh reportedly moved to U.S. in February 2015 and lived with his maternal grandparents who had settled there some years ago.

A 20-year-old Indian student was shot dead on Monday night at the Tackle Box just outside Madera, California. When deputies arrived, they discovered the male employee, who was fatally shot during the robbery.

According to police, a Fresno County Sheriff's deputy saw media coverage of the incident on Tuesday and recognised some similarities between the suspects from the incident and Armitraj Singh Athwal.

Athwal's vehicle was also registered in another name.

Athwal faces robbery and murder charges. Sheriff Jay Varney says surveillance video shows the blue bandanna wearing suspect, walking into the store the same way he was taken into custody.

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