Police: Port Orange drive-by shooting investigated as possible hate crime

Man shot, critically injured while driving with 13-year-old son

PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Port Orange police are investigating a drive-by shooting where a man driving with his 13-year-old son was critically injured as a possible hate crime.

Police said Kanwaljit Singh, 46, was driving with his son over the Port Orange bridge late Saturday night when several shots were fired from someone a truck driving next to him.

The shots hit the left driver's door of Singh's vehicle, hitting him in the upper thigh and left torso area, according to police. Singh pulled over and called 911 as he drove to Dunlawton Avenue and waited for the paramedics to arrive.

He was taken to Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach where he is listed in critical, but stable condition, hospital officials said. Singh's son was not injured, police said.

Police said that they believe the shooting wasn't a random act.

"The fact that the victim is of Indian decent and is an observant Sikh distinguished by a beard and turban, this incident has the potential for being a hate crime and investigative efforts are moving forward in that regard," according to a Port Orange police news release.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been notified and will help with the investigation, according to police.

The suspected vehicle involved is described as a dark Ford F-150 pick-up truck with  a FORD decal or emblem on the sides of the pick-up truck bed toward the rear of the truck. Additionally, it has a chrome handle on the tailgate of the vehicle, police said.

Contact Port Orange police if you have information on this incident.

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