A 26-year-old Indian American man in Milpitas, Calif., was fatally shot Feb. 10 by a carjacker, according to reports, and a suspect has been arrested.
Vamshi Chander Reddy Mamidala, a native of Telangana who had moved to the U.S. in 2015 to complete his master’s degree at Silicon Valley University, was in a parking garage near his apartment in Milpitas when he was shot.
Police in Milpitas responded to a report of a stolen car at the Illara Apartments in the 2100 block of South Main Street around 10:45 p.m. Feb. 10, according to a CBS Local report.
A caller told police that a male suspect had pointed two guns at her and took her car keys, according to Lt. Raj Maharaj, the CBS Local report said.
While at the scene, officers heard shots fired. Shortly after, the suspect was found in a car and was told to pull over but refused and a short chase ensued. The suspect, whose identity was not released, was caught and arrested a short distance from the scene.
Meanwhile, in the parking structure where the shots were fired, officers found Reddy suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police phoned his family in India Feb. 12 to inform them of the incident, according to reports. The family has urged the Telangana government to take steps to bring the body home, it added.
Reddy earned his B.Tech degree from Vathsalya Institute of Science and Technology at Bhongir in the Yadadri District in 2014. He completed his master’s degree and was looking for a job in the U.S. at the time of his death, according to reports.
Reddy’s father Mohan Reddy Mamidala, a farmer from Vangapahad, said in a report that his son was in regular touch with the family and had called as recently as Feb. 10 about his concern over the miniscule job opportunities in the U.S. following the restrictions imposed by the new government. His father told him to return to India if he was unable to get a job in the U.S.