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Sikh woman killed in alleged targeted shooting

A 21-year-old Canadian Sikh woman died from multiple gunshots by an unidentified assailant outside of a gas station on Saturday night in Ontario province, according to police.

The woman was identified as Pawanoreet Kaur from Brampton. Peel Regional Police stated that they believe Kaur was an employee at the gas station. According to CTV News Toronto, police received a call around 10:40 p.m. about a shooting at the Petro-Canada gas station at 6035 Creditview Road at Britannia Road West.

When police arrived at the scene, they attempted life-saving measures but the injuries were too fatal.

According to the Toronto Sun, several witnesses said they heard three to four shots.

“We saw her fall down and then suddenly the gunman pointed the gun at her head,” witness Carmela Sandoval said to the Toronto Sun. “We were shocked. It was very traumatic. I cannot sleep from last night.”

Police have released a photo and description of the suspect.

“The suspect wore a three-quarter-length dark winter jacket with a hood, dark winter boots, dark pants, a dark winter toque and white gloves. It appears that the suspect was smoking a cigarette. The suspect did not pull the hood up over their head until shortly before shooting the victim at close range,” PRP said in a news release, according to CTV News Toronto.

This attack comes days after an Indian-origin teenager Mehakpreet Sethi was stabbed to death by another teenager in a high school parking lot in Canada’s British Columbia province.

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