RICHMOND HILL, Queens (PIX11) — A 70-year-old man was punched and shoved to the ground Sunday morning in Queens, according to police.

A man approached the victim and punched him in the face before pushing him to the ground, authorities said. The unprovoked attack happened in the vicinity of 95th Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard at around 7 a.m. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for minor lacerations in the face.

The victim is Sikh. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

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