Updated February 15th, 2024 at 14:33 IST

Indian-Origin Motel Owner Shot Dead in Alabama After Altercation Over Room Rent

The incident occurred last week after which the police arrested the accused William Jeremy Moore.

Reported by: Digital Desk
The victim has been identified as Pravin Raojibhai Patel, owner of the Hillcrest Motel | Image:Social media
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Alabama: The crime against Indians in the United States is on the rise. Recently, a 76-year-old Indian-origin motel owner was shot dead in Alabama following a confrontation over room rent.

The victim has been identified as Pravin Raojibhai Patel, owner of the Hillcrest Motel in Sheffield, news agency IANS reported citing foreign media.

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The incident occurred last week after which the police arrested the accused William Jeremy Moore. The 34-year-old culprit was arrested when he was trying to break into an abandoned house on 13th Avenue.

The Sheffield Police Chief said that Moore wanted to rent a room at the motel when the quarrel happened with Patel, following which the former pulled out a gun and shot the elderly man.

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The official added that Moore is currently being held in the Sheffield City Jail until a warrant is issued after which he will be transported to the Colbert County Jai.

Following the incident, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) described the incident as a "senseless act of violence" and added that the hotel owners' were deeply saddened and outraged.

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Published February 15th, 2024 at 14:32 IST