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A violent attack on three senior citizens in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Nov. 9 has prompted a woman to speak out for her father who apparently suffered a similar fate several weeks ago.
The incident reportedly occurred at a parking lot in Stockton, where the victim works.
In CCTV footage, two individuals wearing hooded jackets are seen assaulting the woman’s father at gunpoint. They reportedly took his gold necklace.
“Guys pointed a gun at him, pistol-whipped and told him, ‘I’m going to shoot you.’ Seeing it happened to someone else…in Chinatown really made me realize how much we need to shed light on this and speak up,” his daughter, who refused to be identified, recalled the incident to ABC 7’s Dion Lim.
According to Lim, the victim, originally from San Francisco, decided to open up his parking lot business in the Central Valley to flee from the rampant crimes in the city.
Unfortunately, little did he know that he would end up in the very situation he tried to escape — and right in his own workplace.
In photos Lim had shared on Facebook, the victim is seen sustaining wounds on his face following the horrific attack in broad daylight.
“The suspects cased the lot and seem to have targeted him for the necklace,” Lim wrote. “The father is really having a hard time recovering. His daughter told me he will sometimes just stare off into space…he feels so uneasy and unsafe at all times.”
The incident, as well as the attacks in Portsmouth Square on Nov. 9, follow a growing list of similar cases in San Francisco’s Chinese community in recent months.
On July 15, three suspects viciously attacked two elderly leaders of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Stockton and Pacific Streets. Another is the case of 89-year-old Yik Oi Huang, who suffered several broken bones after getting mercilessly beaten at Visitacion Valley Park in January.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed addressed the situation in a press conference on Tuesday.
“We are going to continue to make the right investments and do the work that needs to be done to make sure that people especially our seniors feel like they can walk down the street and not fear violence in any shape or form in this city,” Breed said, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
“Treat people on the streets as if they are your relatives,” she urged the public. “Would you ever want someone to do what we have seen people do to your grandparents? Just think about that. And don’t make the wrong decision because we will do what we need to do to hold you accountable.”
Feature Images via Dion Lim
This article has been edited from its original version to correctly report that the attack occurred in Stockton.