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Police probe Sikh shooting

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am

A shooting last Sunday on 101st Avenue left a Sikh man injured with a severe gunshot wound to the face.

The victim, identified by police sources as Rinder Singh, was shot in the face while riding in an SUV on 116th Street near 101st Avenue in Richmond Hill around 6 p.m. on June 9.

According to the sources, Singh was riding in the backseat of an SUV being driven by his father when gunshots rang out from a car that had pulled alongside the one Singh was in. A least four shots were fired and one struck Singh in the face, shattering his jaw.

Singh was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in grave condition, but is now expected to survive.

An investigation is underway and a police source said the shooting may have stemmed from an internal conflict within Richmond Hill’s large Sikh community.

“This is not only uncommon in this community, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen this type of violence between Sikhs,” said one man who knows the victim’s family.

— Domenick Rafter

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