Local Sikhs of Michigan feel ripples effects after a Sikh was shot in the face last weekend.

A report by Fox17Online:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A store clerk was robbed at rifle point and then shot in the cheek by a masked gunman on Saturday night at Bottlenecks in Grand Rapids. The 34-year-old clerk, Tony, survived. The owner of the store said the masked man accused Tony of being a terrorist and a member of Isis and said he used to kill people like Tony in Iraq with “no problem.”

The owners of Bottlenecks are calling this a hate crime but police have not termed the shooting a hate crime.

“I wish I could say this is the first time something like this has happened. It’s happened throughout the country multiple times, but it’s just so surreal that it happened so close to home in my city,” said Singh.

Friends of the victim say he was part of the Sikh community and added he wasn’t overly religious.

Sikhism is a religion founded in India and is the fifth largest faith in the U.S. It’s separate from Hinduism, and contrary to misconceptions it is separate from Islam. Others in the Sikh community say that what happened at Bottlenecks could have happened to any one of them.

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