A Sikh family residing in Harris County, Texas, is shaken up emotionally after a shooting that targeted their home.
According to KHOU 11, the Singh family was asleep in their home on July 5 when the shooting occurred around 2 a.m. Iqbal Singh said his child’s parents felt bullets darting inches above their heads. They also heard nine shots coming from the backyard which was captured by their surveillance cameras, but ultimately no one was injured.
“It appears that the projectile came from the roadway feeder or along Beltway 8,” an HCSO spokesperson told KHOU 11. “There is a wooded area south of the homes before the feeder. No nexus for them being targeted, though they are Sikh.”
Singh said he drove straight home from work that day and discovered bullet rounds had hit a bedroom’s headboard and multiple windows.
“It’s just so sad,” said Singh. “We didn’t expect this.”
As The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this case, Singh said he has no clue on who could do this as they have not received threats. However, on their surveillance, a family member discovered a suspicious vehicle captured on video around 11 p.m., 12 a.m., and 1 a.m. before the 1:43 a.m. shooting.
Other Sikh communities across the country are facing increased violence. According to ABC 7 NY, the Sikh community in Queens, New York dealt with a string of robberies and attacks in May.
Members of the Sikh community in Harris county showed their support to the family by hosting a meeting on the night of July 5.
“The concern in the community has been building as these episodes of ignorant people doing ignorant things,” said Dr. Hardam Singh Azad, the chairman of the Sikh National Center.
Azad said they shared their concern with Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and found him to be understanding and have hopes that he will do his job correctly.
Singh told KHOU 11 that they added lighting outside, however, they have lost the peace in their home.
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