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Surinder Singh, 65, and Gurmej Atwal, 78,


Police need the public’s help in locating a tan or light brown 1999 to 2003 Ford F150 pickup truck seen driving from E. Stockton Way in Elk Grove on Friday after two elderly Indian men were shot.

Surinder Singh, 65, and Gurmej Atwal, 78, were both out walking near their homes when, for reasons unknown to police, Singh was shot and killed. Atwal was taken to hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his chest.

Investigators with the Elk Grove Police Department have not been able to uncover an apparent motive in the crime, leading them to believe it might be motivated by hate. EGPD has notified the local FBI office.

“At present, we have no evidence to indicate there was a hate or bias motivation for this crime; however, the obvious Sikh appearance of the men, including the traditional Dastar headwear and lack of any other apparent motive, increasingly raise that possibility,” Elk Grove Police Chief Robert M. Lehner said in a statement Saturday.

Members of both families are just as baffled as investigators.

“Anybody who would do these things, I don’t know why,” Harvinder Singh, the son of victim Surinder Singh, said Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) says they’re offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals who gunned down two elderly Sikh men.

“The Muslim community offers its condolences and support to the Sikh community in this time of sorrow,” said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra in a statement.

Elkarra acknowledges that some people are targeting the Sikh community in a perceived attack against the Muslim community.



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