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Even “safe spaces” are no safe haven from mass shooters


Saturday’s shooting, Newkirk said, was a sad reminder “that there is no safe place for an African American to go where he could feel comfortable or safe in his own skin.” .

“It’s not about being safe from atrocities and violence, it’s just about being safe in your own skin,” he said. “There is no respite for our people.”

In Dallas, Joann Roh was still counting her blessings.

Roh, 50, runs Korean restaurant Sura, which sits next to Hair World Salon, where an intruder burst inside last week and opened fire. The owner, an employee and a customer were injured, police said. No one has been arrested.

Both businesses are in an area Dallas residents call Koreatown. And Roh said that while many police officers were there immediately after the shooting, she hasn’t seen many since then.

“We don’t feel an increased sense of security after the shooting,” she said. “I can’t help wondering if it’s because we’re a Korean community.

“There was a police car that sat outside our store for about 30 minutes on Thursday, so I was hoping they would take the appropriate security measures. But there were no additional police cars on patrol. afterwards.”

Senior Corporal. Melinda Gutierrez, a Dallas police spokeswoman, said “additional officers have been assigned and are patrolling the neighborhood.”

There’s no denying that residents of Koreatown are shaken, especially as this was the third in a series of shootings targeting Asian businesses in the city and police are investigating a possible hate crime.

Hair World Salon remained closed on Sunday.Raul Rodriguez for NBC News
Even “safe spaces” are no safe haven from mass shooters
A pool of dried blood can be seen through the glass inside the Hair World Salon in Dallas, where a shooting took place on Wednesday.Raul Rodriguez for NBC News

Roh said the salon owner would often come in for lunch or relax over dinner and chat in his native language. She said her husband often gets his hair cut at the salon. She said she was stunned that the shooting took place in broad daylight.

“We have CCTV inside our restaurant, but not outside,” Roh said. “I wish we had more cameras to allay customer fears.”

Roh is not alone in her fears.

“This area hasn’t been safe for the past few weeks,” said Jannett Temples, 21, a worker at Nuri Grill, a restaurant in the Asiana Plaza mall adjacent to where two of the three recent shootings took place.

Outside of Koreatown, others in Dallas also felt suspicious following the latest shooting.

“Normally I would think I’m safe where I’m going, but clearly it’s not,” said Tiffany Garrett, 29, who lives outside of Dallas in the city of Lancaster. “I know I can’t stop living my life just because there are people who hate me just because of the way I look. It’s quite traumatic to think that you can’t even go shopping Where can I get my hair done.

Garrett is black.

In Southern California, the FBI opened a hate crime investigation on Monday, a day after a man described as a Chinese immigrant opened fire on the congregation of the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, which shares a space with the Presbyterian Church of Geneva.

Describing it as a “politically motivated hate incident”, Orange County Sheriff Donald Barnes said the suspect, David Chou, 68, of Las Vegas, was apparently upset about political tensions between his country native and Taiwan.

The shooter was heavily armed when he hosted a banquet for a pastor who had just returned from a trip to Taiwan, Barnes said. He took Molotov cocktails and tried to stick the locks on so the victims couldn’t leave.

Even “safe spaces” are no safe haven from mass shooters
An Orange County Sheriff’s officer places a police tape around the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, Calif., after a person opened fire during a Sunday service.Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Even “safe spaces” are no safe haven from mass shooters
A bereavement counselor comforts a worshiper after someone opened fire during a Sunday church service at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California.Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

But the apparent mass murder attempt was thwarted by the bravery of Dr John Cheng, 52, a doctor, who charged at the shooter and tried to disarm him.

Cheng was killed and five others were injured before worshipers could disarm the shooter and bind him with extension cords.

“This is shocking and disturbing news, especially less than a day after a mass shooting in Buffalo,” said Katie Porter, D-California, whose district includes the church, said on Twitter. “This shouldn’t be our new normal. I will work hard to support the victims and their families.

Burke reported from Buffalo, Hampton from Dallas and Park and Siemaszko from New York.



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