woman in #charlotte
was allegedly harassed in the parking lot of a local shopping mall on tuesday by a white man in a pick up truck, the charlotte observer reported.
the woman, who does not want to disclose her identity, was breastfeeding her child in her car when she spotted a bald man in his late 40s glared at her before pulling out a “long #gun
with barrel pointed directly at her”. “i’m not going to sit here and let him #shoot
me,” she recalls. “i took my #baby
in my arms and rushed toward the #store
.” speaking to the local #newspaper
, the woman said that she “clutched her baby and walked as fast as she could through the parking lot to an indian store beside a big lots for help”. the lady said that she had not experienced anything like this since she moved to charlotte 11 years ago.
, mujtaba mohammed has asked the authorities to treat this as a hate crime. “she is kind of scared to come out and speak about it. i mean she is distressed, she is a #mother
and she is worrying about her young #babies
,” mohammed told wbtv. “this victim can’t even go to the grocery store without having to look over her shoulder.” “he pulls out a #rifle
and the scary part is that he points it at her while she is sitting there in her car,” mohammed explained.
the council on #american
relations (cair) released a statement on #march
23, condemning the incident. “we believe this person was staring at her based on her #faith
,” said ibrahim hooper with #cair
. “north carolina has an #ethnic
intimidation law and i think that would be appropriate in this situation.” a #police
report of the incident was unavailable on #wednesday
when the charlotte observer requested a copy.
the local daily reports that the police told the victim that she was right in running towards the #indian
store. she said that the people at the store, the police and other ‘strangers’ came to her aid. “they were all very comforting to me,” she said. “i’m thanking #god
for giving me the chance to see my #kids
again.” #islamophobia #usa #unitedstates