An Indian-origin owner of a motel was shot dead and four other people were injured in a shootout in the US state of North Carolina.
Akash R Talati, 40, who owned Knights Inn and Diamond's Gentlemen's Club in Fayetteville city, was an innocent bystander when a man who had been escorted out of the club returned soon and exchanged gunfire with a security guard on Saturday, police Detective Jamal Littlejohn was reported as saying by news agency PTI.
Police said they were called to the club at 1:51 AM on Saturday. Littlejohn said Markeese Dewitt, 23, of Fayetteville has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Littlejohn said Dewitt was shot four or five times and remained in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Centre, fayobserver.com reported. He said only Dewitt and the security guard exchanged gunfire and the others were bystanders.
One of the victims was in a fair condition at the hospital. The two others were treated and released. Talati died at the hospital.
Talati is reportedly from Gujarat. Police have not released the names of three other people who were injured.
Following the incident, MEA Sushma Swaraj wrote in a series of tweets, “Indian Embassy in US has informed me of the circumstances leading to the death of Akash Talati, a US citizen of Indian origin. The deceased was shot by an assailant who was escorted out of his club. The security guard returned the fire and the assailant was also injured. We are in touch with the family of the deceased and will provide them all help.”
(With inputs from PTI)