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Sikh high school teenager shot dead at home in California on Election Night

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Puzzling crime; police yet to identify the killer(s).

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A 17-year-old Sikh teenager, Gurnoor Singh Nahal, was shot dead in the garage of his house, in California, but the motive for the crime or the culprit(s) have to be identified.

KCRA reported Nahal was driving home from work at his father’s retail store about10:30 p.m. last Tuesday, and about 10 minutes later, Sacramento police received a report of a shooting in the 5700 block of Kandinsky Way.

“We cannot imagine it. We are lost,” the victim’s uncle, Tejinderjit Singh, told CBSSacramento.

Members of the Sikh community, who mistakenly are often identified as Arab or Muslim, are fearful this could be the beginning of hate crimes due to Donald Trump’s win in the American presidential elections.

“Recent events and political rhetoric are legitimizing bigotry and hate towards anyone who looks different,” Arjun Sethi, director of law and policy at the Sikh Coalition, told The Intercept. “Although political figures may not be inciting against Sikhs directly, because of their appearance, they still end up becoming a target.”

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CBS Local reported police don’t suspect anything was taken and can’t understand why the victim was shot.

The boy’s grandmother found him lying in the garage. She said he cried for help, but it was too late.

Neighbors are just as shocked saying things like this don’t happen in their North Natomas neighborhood.

“It was a young kid. We have kids to a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old, so it’s really sad,” said a neighbor, Gil Garcia.

Police responded to the scene and investigated the area for hours asking witnesses for help, but as it turns out many people were watching the historic election and never saw who did it.

Many now are checking for surveillance footage to help his grieving family.

Gurnoor went to Inderkum High and was supposed to graduate this spring.

The family believes Singh was followed home from work, and the shooter may have been after the cash inside his car. Singh had collected the money from his family’s business before heading home. But, the money was never taken.

“We extend our sympathy to his family and friends, and we’re reaching out to provide support,” the Natomas Unified School District said in a released statement. “This is a difficult day for Inderkum and a sad time for the Natomas community.”