Harnish Patel, 43, of 262 Craig Manor Road, Lancaster, was found dead outside his house in Lancaster, shortly after he closed his shop at 11.24pm on Thursday, a media report said. Patel is survived by his wife and child in elementary school, who were at home when he was killed.
Lancaster Sheriff Barry Faile says Harnish Patel was shot twice. Two shell casings found outside his home. K-9 did not pick up a scent. pic.twitter.com/P0js4PgWZh
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Local officials in Lancaster, however, did not believe that Patel’s killing was a bias crime as investigations are on, The Herald reported “I don’t have any reason to believe that this was racially motivated,” County Sheriff Barry Faile said on Friday.
In his State of the Union address to the joint session of the Congress on February 28, Trump said: “Last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.”
Local WSOCTV said that in Lancaster there was a lot of anger over the killing of Patel, who was considered an important member of the community and a kind person who treated his customers as friends and helped law enforcement.