Congressman Krishnamoorthi Calls For Investigation Of Potential Anti-Sikh Motivations In Indianapolis Shooting Which Left 8 Dead, Including 4 Members Of The Sikh Community
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to this week’s mass shooting of a FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis which left four people dead, including four members of the Sikh community:
“As our country seeks to understand this week’s senseless mass shooting in Indianapolis, both in itself and as part of the larger blight of gun violence, it’s also imperative that authorities fully investigate whether this attack may have been driven by anti-Sikh motivations. While we’re still searching for answers, half of this tragedy’s eight victims were members of the Sikh community and the facility was known in the area to be heavily staffed by Sikh employees. This comes as our country has witnessed a recent wave of anti-Asian hate crimes during this pandemic after a broader increase in hate-motivated crimes and violence against a range of American communities over the last half decade. While the Indianapolis and Sikh communities continue to mourn, and as the rest of our country mourns with them, investigators must also determine if this mass shooting was a hate-motivated attack in addition to serving as another example of the plague of gun violence which has beset our nation.
Last month, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi introduced the bipartisan Hate Crimes Commission Act with Representatives Grace Meng (D-NY), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) as co-leads. This bill, which currently has more than 140 cosponsors and the backing of organizations including the Anti-Defamation League, would create a bipartisan commission to investigate and expand reporting on hate crimes throughout the United States. This commission would be comprised of a group of 12 members appointed by House and Senate leadership who would have one year to prepare a report on the rise in hate crimes, potential causes of increase, and how to combat it.