On July 16, 2003 Dawn reported that "two Pakistani students were shot dead near Washington early Tuesday by unidentified gunmen. The local police are treating the shooting as robbery but friends say the two could have been targeted because of their race... Sair Saeed Butt, 26, and Hammad Chaudhry, 23, both from Lahore, were shot outside Butt's home in Prince George's Country, Maryland, at 3am. Mr Butt died in the ambulance and Chaudhry succumbed to his wounds in the hospital eight hours later... While the two friends were looking at Mr Chaudhry's car, another car came around and four or five American teenagers came out. Pointing guns at them, they ordered them to raise their hands, searched their pockets 'and then simply started shooting at them, without any provocation,' said an eyewitness."