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Harnish Patel killing: No arrest yet in South Carolina, unsure of motive, say officials

New York: Although there has been no arrest in the killing of Harnish Patel in South Carolina state last week, officials say investigations are making progress but they are not sure of the motives.

 Harnish Patel killing: No arrest yet in South Carolina, unsure of motive, say officials

Boquets placed outside Harnish Patel's store in Lancaster, South Carolina. Image courtesy: Twitter/@Greg Suskin

The Post and Courier newspaper quoted Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile as saying, "We are making progress on this case."

The newspaper reported on Wednesday that local officials said that the State Law Enforcement division was helping with the investigation.

An official expressed puzzlement over the motivation for the killing of Patel, one of three attacks in which people of Indian origin were victims, the newspaper reported.

"We don't have any direct evidence that tells us it's an ethnically motivated killing," Doug Barfield, a lawyer for the local Sheriff's Office told the newspaper. "And we don't have anything that tells us it's not."

"We don't have any graffiti" — any anti-Muslim or anti-Indian graffiti — "scrawled on his front door. We don't have notes. We don't have recorded messages on his property. We just don't know, but we are working hard to find out," he added.

Barfield referred to the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas and the shooting of Deep Rai in Washington in recent days and said that investigators are wading through what he called "tons of information" and tips, the newspaper reported.

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Updated Date: Mar 10, 2017 11:25:15 IST