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WASHINGTON STATE
Sikh man shot in suspected hate crime

A 39-year-old Sikh man was working on his car in his driveway in Kent, Wash., just south of Seattle, when a masked man walked up holding a gun.

According to a report in the Seattle Times, there was an altercation, and the gunman — a stocky, 6-foot-tall white man wearing a mask over the bottom part of his face — said, “Go back to your own country,” and pulled the trigger.

Authorities are investigating the shooting as a suspected hate crime, the newspaper reported.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was shot in the arm about 8 p.m. Friday and suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, the newspaper reported. The man who shot him remained on the loose. Kent police have reached out to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies for help.

The shooting comes just weeks after an Indian man in Kansas was killed and another was injured by a gunman who told them to “get out of my country” before opening fire in a bar.

(Reuters)

Authorities there were also investigating whether the shooting was motivated by bias.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

NEW YORK
Prosecutors say man aimed to fight for jihad

A New York man repeatedly traveled to the Middle East to try to join the Islamic State or another extremist group in Syria and told authorities he had been prepared to strap on a bomb to sacrifice himself for jihad, U.S. prosecutors said Saturday.

After police on suburban Long Island arrested Elvis Redzepagic on Feb. 2 on a minor, unrelated charge, he told them, “I’m going to leave this country, and I’m going to come back with an Army — Islam is coming,” according to a federal court complaint unsealed Saturday.

The 26-year-old U.S. citizen was being held without bail after appearing in a Brooklyn federal court Saturday. He’s charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

His lawyer, Mildred Whalen, noted that Redzepagic had cooperated with law enforcement.

Redzepagic “was persistent in his efforts” to join Islamist militants in Syria, making it to Turkey in 2015 and Jordan last year and even getting to the Syrian border, said William F. Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office.

Associated Press

MASSACHUSETTS
Mother and 4 children die in house fire

A mother and four children were killed when flames swept through their rural Massachusetts home early Saturday, fire officials said.

Two other family members escaped the fire, which broke out in the single-family house about 12:45 a.m. Investigators said initial indications suggested the blaze was accidental and possibly started in a wood stove in the kitchen.

The bodies of the victims were recovered in the rubble of the home once the fire was extinguished several hours later, authorities said. The victims had not yet been identified.

“There was nothing we could have done different, unfortunately,” an emotional Fire Chief Ron Gates said during an afternoon news conference. “When we got on scene, the house was totally engulfed.”

The town of fewer than 800 residents in Franklin County, in the northwestern part of the state, has no fire hydrants, and firefighters had to draw water from a source about a half-mile from the house, Gates said.

The two people who escaped the fire, believed to be an adult and a child, were taken to a hospital in Keene, N.H., with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Associated Press

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From news reports