Bobby Gayle Jr., 45, of Stockton, California
A black California construction worker was shot seven times after asking a white driver to slow down in a parking lot.
Father of five, Bobby Gayle Jr., 45, a bricklayer, was with a friend in a parking lot in Stockton, California, last week when a pickup truck nearly hit them.
Surveillance footage shows Gayle yelling at the white driver to slow down, who stops, gets out of his car and confronts him.
The driver reportedly starts a racist diatribe against Gayle and calls him the n-word, before pulling out his gun. He then opens fire and hits Gayle seven times, including in the face.
Miraculously, no major arteries were hit and Gayle was transported to a nearby hospital where he is in stable condition.
“Our family, we never expected something like this to happen,” Gayle’s brother, Marlon ., told me ABC news. “He’s just so happy to be alive, and blessed to be with his family and his children.”
A white man opened fire on Bobby Gayle in a parking lot in Stockton, California, on Oct. 8, hitting Bobby Gayle Jr. seven times.
Gayle allegedly begged the man while the gunman threw racist comments at him
Marlon said Gayle was able to roll under a nearby vehicle as his friend ran and called 9-11. Gayle then called his brother and left a voicemail, telling him he had been shot and asking Marlon to pray for him.
“Marlon, I was shot. Pray for me. I swear to God. Please. In the name of Jesus. Hallelujah,” Gayle said into voicemail.
Marlon said his brother and his friend begged the white man not to shoot them, while yelling the n-word at them repeatedly before opening fire.
Stockton’s assistant chief of police, Jim Chraska, said the department was investigating the case as a possible hate crime.
Police described the gunman as a short white man in his thirties, wearing a dark-colored jacket and jeans and driving a late black Chevrolet Silverado with chrome wheels and tinted windows.
Gayle, pictured with three of his five children, was registered in stable condition
Bobby Gayle Jr., above, is pictured with family, who say he’s thankful he survived
Marlon Gayle repeated his brother’s voicemail and hopes the shooter will be caught soon
There is a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
“We take crimes like this very seriously and that’s why we’re investigating it fully. We assigned some detectives to it, as well as an officer assigned to the FBI task force,” Chraska said. KCR.
Despite the alleged racial nature of the crime, Marlon said his family would not indulge in hatred if he oversaw Gayle’s recovery.
“We won’t let that message of hate take away the blessing that our brother is alive and that, you know, hatred and violence will never win,” Marlon said. Fox 40.
He added: ‘We believe in forgiveness, but that person absolutely needs to be taken off the street. He’s dangerous.’
AN GoFundMe was also founded to help the Gayle family recover Gayle and his five children, raising more than $7,000 in one day.
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