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Indian shot dead by armed robbers in Washington; Sushma Swaraj says culprits will be nabbed soon

Condoling the death of an Indian who was shot dead in Washington, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday that the Indian Consulate was closely following up on the investigation, while aiding the victim's family in all possible ways.

According to the minister, as she revealed in a series of tweets, the 26-year-old victim, identified as Vikram Jaryal had gone to the United States just 25 days before the incident to work at the gas station of a family friend. He was shot dead allegedly by two masked armed robbers at a convenience store of a gas station on 6 February.

The police have got hold of some CCTV footage and are in the process of identifying and apprehending the culprits, Swaraj added.

"Somebody knows something. Somebody knows these people. The still photos show a very recognisable top that one of the suspects is wearing," Mike Bastinelli, Yakima Police Department said.

"The shooter wore a black hoodie with patches of white on the back," Mike said.

Jaryal, who was working as a clerk in the store at AM-PM Gas Station in Yakima city, was behind the counter when two people in masks came in and robbed the store at arounf 1:30 am on Thursday. Police said the clerk handed the suspects money, but one of the suspects fired at him.

Jaryal, who hailed from Hoshiarpur district in Punjab, was taken to the hospital where he later died.

"The victim was able to tell officers what happened when they arrived a few minutes later; but tragically, he died a short time later at the hospital," police was quoted as saying by the NBC Right Now channel.

Swaraj condoled the "tragic death" after she was informed about the incident by the victim's brother through twitter seeking her help to bring back the body.

"My heartfelt condolences on your brother's tragic death. I am asking @IndianEmbassyUS to provide all help and assistance," Swaraj said.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Apr 08, 2017 11:04 AM

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