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Black Construction Worker Shot 7 Times in Possible Hate Crime, Police Say

A Stockton, California man is recovering in the hospital after being shot seven times in what his family believes was a possible hate crime.

Bobby Gayle, 45, a cement mason and father of five was seriously injured in the unprovoked attack last Friday, according to his family. His brother, Marlon Gayle, said the shooting occurred on Friday night around 11:30 p.m. when Bobby had just finished a construction job at a restaurant.

In an interview with ABC10, Marlon said he became aware that his brother was shot when he listened to a voicemail Bobby left for him after a missed call. The voicemail said, “Maron, I’ve been shot. Pray for me. I swear to God. Please, in the name of Jesus, hallelujah.”

“It’s like your worst nightmare. You never want a call like that,” recalled Marlon Gayle while playing the voicemail his brother, Bobby Gayle, left after being shot Friday.

According to his brother, Bobby saw a car driving fast through the parking lot and yelled for the man to slow down. The man stopped the truck, got out and started shooting.

Marlon said the man called his brother the “n-word” during the shooting which leads him to believe this was a hate crime.

Bobby was shot seven times. Responders found him on the ground and rushed him to the hospital. His family said he’s now recovering after being shot seven times.

Surveillance video from a business near the Hammer Ranch Shopping Center captured the shooting.

Stockton police confirm they’re now investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime and have contacted the FBI and the California Department of Justice.

“Very brazen act of violence that, obviously, we don’t condone,” said Stockton Police Chief James Chraska. “The shooter was described as a white male adult in his 30s.”

“He’s dangerous and nobody should ever have to experience this. This should not happen,” Chraska continued.A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Gayle family.

Stockton Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

The suspect is described as being in his 30s and short. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a dark-colored jacket and jeans.

Investigators also say the shooter had a late-model, extended cab Chevrolet Silverado, with aftermarket, chrome-colored wheels. The back three windows were tinted.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Stockton Police Department at 209-937-8377 or investigators at 209-937-8323.

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