SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Lawmakers and officials reassured the Sikh community that investigators are doing everything to locate the suspects responsible for shooting two men, one of them fatally, on an Elk Grove sidewalk more than a week ago.

Local law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner and state Senate president pro tempore Darrell Steinberg visited the Sacramento Sikh Temple on Sunday to show their support after two men, 78-year-old Gurmej Atwal and 68-year-old Surinder Singh, were shot on March 4.

Singh later died from his injuries.

The Elk Grove Police Department still doesn’t have enough information to determine whether the shooting was a hate crime, and federal investigators are still trying to track down leads.

“We hope to make progress, but if we don’t, it’s not for lack of trying,” said Benjamin Wagner. “We’re putting a lot of resources into this investigation.”

Police took the unusual step of conducting a checkpoint near the scene of the shooting last week, stopping all cars traveling near the area during rush hour in hopes of locating a witness.

“We are supporting them, grieving with them and hopefully working toward a solution to this crime,” Wagner said.

The reward for information leading to an arrest has grown to $43,000.

  1. cami.farr says:

    Wow, stopped every car on the way to work hoping someone who saw it might then come forward!!! Holly Cow Bat Man, this is real crime fighting. My heart goes out to the families and victims of this horrendous crime but I do not believe this community or any other one deserves more or less support and crime fighting then the next. I don’t want to pay officials (large numbers of them at that) to hang out and play politics. Sadly many crimes go unsolved and even when an accidental arrest is made it often ends up in a court system where the victims never receive justice.

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