A White man has been detained in connection with a gunshot that is being investigated as a suspected hate crime in California. Michael Hayes, 31, has been identified as the alleged shooter, according to FOX40. Bobby Gayle, the victim, was shot seven times after the alleged shooter nearly hit him and a companion with his vehicle.
Bobby and his friend were making plans for work they had been hired to accomplish on October 8 when the incident occurred. The 45-year-old father of three works as a cement worker. Marlon, Bobby’s brother, said the White suspect nearly hit Bobby and his friend while driving in the opposite direction.
“He was going in the opposite direction. He came dangerously close to hitting my brother and his friend. ‘Hey, calm down,’ my brother said. “And then a guy came out of the car and started yelling the N-word and shot my brother,” Marlon remembers his brother saying. “And we were simply like, ‘Wow,’” says the narrator. He wasn’t just attempting to murder my brother.”
Bobby was seen with his hands up in security footage before the shooter opened fire, according to KCRA. Marlon claims his brother was hit in the face twice. Despite being struck seven times, Bobby was able to contact Marlon and 911 for assistance.
“I’ve been shot, Marlon.” Please pray for me. I swear to the Almighty. Please. In Jesus’ name, amen. In a voicemail to his brother, Bobby reportedly exclaimed, “Hallelujah.”
The sufferer was taken to the hospital and is currently recovering. Marlon further stated that none of Bobby’s major arteries were struck by the gunfire. “We believe in the power of love.” We believe in forgiveness, but we also oppose white supremacy, racism, discrimination, and other forms of bigotry,” Marlon says.
Hayes is being held at the San Joaquin County Jail, according to FOX40. He is charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, and other weapon-related offenses.
“I’d want to express my gratitude to the anonymous tipper and our detectives for bringing this case to a fast conclusion for the victim and his family.” In our community, gun violence is not accepted,” Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones stated in a statement.