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Memorial Day shooting of Sikh gas station owner still a mystery

By Miya Treadwell | July 27, 2016
Davinder Singh was shot to death on Memorial Day at his New Jersey gas station.
Davinder Singh was shot to death on Memorial Day at his New Jersey gas station.
No suspect…no arrests…no motive. 
 
The Memorial Day slaying of Davinder Singh, a gas station owner in Iselin, New Jersey, has left the Sikh community with no answers and the suspension of a hate-crime declaration of the shooting.
 
According to the Essex County police report, on May 29, Davinder Singh stepped outside his gas station located on the 400 block of West Street to take an afternoon break. Moments later an unidentified man walked up to him and fired a single shot. Thirty minutes later he was pronounced dead at University Hospital. 
 
Davinder Singh was shot to death on Memorial Day at his Iselin, New Jersey, gas station. Image courtesy abc7ny.com.
 
An on-going investigation by detectives from the county’s Major Crime Task Force has produced no solid leads.
 
Katherine Carter, the director of public information for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, confirmed that the investigation was at a standstill. 
 
She also would not confirm or deny whether her office had seen footage from the security camera at the gas station. 
 
“The investigation is still on-going…still active,” Carter told SFP. “It has not been declared a hate crime…(It is) not being prosecuted as a hate crime at this time.” 
 
Nonetheless, Davinder Singh’s son, Jatinder, believes it was. 
 
SFP could not contact Jatinder Singh, but he told NBC 4 New York shortly after the incident that he believed his father may have been targeted because of his appearance. Sikh men traditionally wear turbans and unshorn beards as a part of their faith. 
 
Jatinder Singh has no other explanation for this tragedy. 
 
“I don’t know what else it could be other than a hate crime,“ he said. “There was no robbery, no struggle, no confrontation.”