A female gun instructor in California says she was shocked to be visited by police after asking about rifle rounds at a nearby store.
Fremont resident Sim Sangha says cops unexpectedly knocked on her door last Friday, two days after she had asked about purchasing eight boxes of ammo for her AR-15 at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Police told Sangha an employee at the store called to report her as “suspicious,” even though she never bought the ammo.
Sangha, a certified firearms instructor who is in the process of joining the Los Angeles Police Department, thinks she was “singled out” due to her skin color and the heightened sense of apprehension surrounding Muslims.
“I don’t know if it’s [because of] my skin color or the way I look. I’m Sikh, I’m Indian, I was born and raised in America. I’m a citizen here,” Sangha told NBC Bay Area. “I’m not a Muslim, but even if I were, that’s no reason to call police to my home, instantly.”
Police defended their visit to Sangha’s house, arguing they needed to follow up on tips following the San Bernardino terror attacks earlier this month.
“I feel like I was racially profiled,” she said. “I’ve had friends buy bulk ammo and they’ve never had police show up at their door.”
Dick’s Sporting Goods did not respond to NBC Bay Area’s request for comment.