BROOKLYN, N.Y. (WCBS/Meredith) -- Although police are stopping short of calling an attack on an Indian man which happened Monday a hate crime, New York City community leaders say that is exactly what it was.

Surveillance video shows 32-year-old Sumit Ahluwalia enter the lobby of a Brooklyn hotel after being confronted by an unknown man outside.

The suspect then appears to hit Ahluwalia in the head with a hammer before running off.

Ahluwalia said right the suspect told him he didn’t like him because of the color of his skin before the attack, and also spit in his face.

Police said they are now investigating the incident but the South Asian community wants the case investigated as an anti-Asian assault.

Meanwhile, Ahluwalia who is a new immigrant from India said the incident has left him shaken up and saddened.

"Now I'm feeling scared somehow. Now, when I'm going to work, like when I'm walking, I have some fear maybe someone is coming,” he said. “Everyone comes to this country with a new hope but now some other feeling in my mind. Even I didn't say anything, not my fault, why I get this, right?"

Ahluwalia sustained head injuries, which included some internal bleeding. He believes his turban may have prevented more serious injuries.

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