SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An elderly Sikh man has died more than a month after a shooting that claimed the life of his friend and that police in a Sacramento suburb are investigating as a possible hate crime.
Gurmej Atwal, who was 78, had been on a ventilator and unable to talk since the March 4 shooting in Elk Grove. His son, Kamaljit Atwal, confirmed in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he died Friday.
The elder Atwal and Surinder Singh were gunned down during an afternoon walk in the suburb south of the state capital.
Police say they have no suspects and few clues. But they have said the men might have been targeted because they wore turbans, which often are confused with the head coverings of Muslims.
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