Surveillance shows truck possibly involved in hate-crime shooting



PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Authorities have released surveillance video that shows a pickup truck possibly involved in the shooting of a Port Orange father last month.

Police said 46-year-old Kanwaljit Singh was driving across the Port Orange Bridge with his 13-year-old son when someone pulled up and shot him.

Police said there was no confrontation, just gunfire.

Bullets hit Singh's driver-side door, but he didn't realize he had been shot in the thigh and lower back until he pulled over on the side of the road.

His son wasn't hit.

Investigators believe Singh might have been targeted because he wore a turban and had a beard as part of his Sikh religion.

"It's very important that the people in the community know what we're looking for and we certainly would appreciate their help," said Chief Gerald Monahan of the Port Orange Police Department.

Singh's family didn't want to speak on camera, but they told Channel 9 they're very sad over the whole ordeal.

Port Orange police, with the help of the FBI, are searching hard for an older-model, black Ford F-150.

"It surprised me about my neighbor, because it doesn't happen that close to home, but it didn't surprise me about the violence because it just happens every day," said neighbor Robert Brooks.

Brooks said he didn't see much of Singh because Singh works a lot at a Daytona Beach convenience store.

Investigators can't find a clear motive for the shooting other than Singh's Indian descent and Sikh religion.

"What we're finding out, based on the fact that the car was followed from the Daytona area and the area outside the victim's business, is that it puts the robbery motive back on the table," said Monahan.

Police said the FBI is helping investigators process evidence, but so far, they haven't named a person of interest.

Details on the black truck are hard to make out, but police said it has a unique, aftermarket bumper with the license plate on the passenger side.

There still isn't any description of the driver-who police say shot Singh without any warning. There wasn't even a confrontation.

"Regardless of what the motive was, it's a heinous crime and we hope to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion," said Monahan.

The Sikh Society of Central Florida told Channel 9 they're working with investigators.

Singh has since been released from the hospital.