Sikh Owner Of Gas Station Is Fatally Shot In Rampage - New York Times
In a shooting rampage on Saturday, a gunman in Arizona fatally shot the Sikh owner of a Chevron gas station, and then, 20 minutes later, shot at but missed a clerk of Lebanese descent at a Mobil station. Soon afterward, he fired several shots into the home of a family of Afghan descent, but hit no one.
The police in Mesa, Ariz., charged Frank Roque, 42, with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and three counts of drive-by shooting. Bond was set at $1 million.
The East Valley Tribune reported that Mr. Roque shouted, ''I stand for America all the way,'' as he was handcuffed. And while the police have not declared that the shootings were motivated by the victims' ethnicity, they have notified Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who investigate hate crimes.
The gas station owner who was killed, Balbir Singh Sodhi, who is Indian, moved to the United States 10 years ago. He came to Arizona and opened his gas station a year ago.
In another killing, a Pakistani Muslim in Dallas, Waqar Hassan, was found fatally shot in his grocery store on Saturday night. The police said that a ''considerable amount'' of money was left in the cash register, and they could not rule out the possibility it was a revenge killing. ''We're not saying it's a hate crime and we're not saying it isn't,'' Sgt. Gary Kirkpatrick said. ''We just don't know yet.''