Indian Shot Dead in Virginia, Suspect Arrested

Shaolin Chandam, a 25-year-old Indian national has been shot dead outside his house during an altercation in Hampton, Virginia.

Shaolin was from Manipur and was shot several times during an argument in LaSalle Gardens in Hampton last week, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Chandam’s mother Suniti Devi, who is in Imphal, told PTI that Shaolin went to the US in 2010 for higher education and was working with a financial consulting firm after completing his studies.

She said the incident could be a robbery case as the suspect was never seen with him before.

The family got to know about his death the next day through his boss. A family friend in Virginia is helping them in bringing the body to India, she said.

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The Hampton Police Division has arrested Keenan Palmer, a 25-year-old Hampton man in connection with the case.

The investigation found that the suspect and victim got into a verbal altercation on August 25 during which the suspect displayed a firearm and shot the victim, police said in a statement.

Police say he has warrants on file for one count of Murder and one count of Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony. The investigation is on-going, the statement said.

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