Californian Sikh Postal Worker Shot during Delivery

May 29, 2003

Source: Sacremento Bee

On May 29, 2003 the Sacremento Bee reported that "an Orangevale man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento to shooting [Dalvir Sangha], a postal worker, on July 19, 2002. Matthew J. Burdick, 33, will face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced Aug. 6 for assault with a deadly weapon... Sangha, a Sikh who wears a long beard and turban, said he did not know Burdick and suspects the shooting was racially motivated. Authorities did not prosecute the case as a hate crime... Gurpreet Singh, Sikh community leader and Sangha's friend, said the attack left a scar on the Sikh community, and he hopes it leads to greater understanding. 'I hope peace will prevail and people live happily,' he said. 'Everyone is sad. Everyone is losing in this.'"