A Bay Area was shot ‘through her right eye’ last weekend in an incident her family calls a hate crime.
The shooting comes as the United States grapples with a wave of anti-Asian violence, including a series of shootings in Atlanta that left eight people dead.
Police have not confirmed those shootings were hate crimes, but they have not taken it off the table either.
Jessica Dimalanta, 19, of Vallejo, California was attending auto stunt shows with four friends in San Francisco in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 21, when several suspects reportedly opened fire in a dark sedan on the gray Lexus she was driving.
Jessica Dimalanta, 19, is in hospital after being shot ‘through her right eye’ after a car stunt show in San Francisco on March 21.
A GoFundMe Set Up for Dimalanta’s Care Reveals She Is ‘Permanently Disabled’ After Being Shot While Driving a Car
Dimalanta and a 19-year-old man were hit, while the other three friends were spared when the suspects fled the scene.
She was then transferred to UCSF Mission Bay Hospital in San Francisco.
Dimalanta was later transferred to San Francisco General Hospital in a non-life-threatening condition.
According to the police, the police did not report a hate crime during their investigation NextShark
But several of Dimalanta’s relatives, including her uncle and mother, claim she was targeted because she was Asian.
Dimalanta’s uncle, Dexter Martin, started one GoFundMe page for his niece, who has raised more than $ 38,000 for her care to date.
At the hospital, Dimalanta also tested positive for COVID-19 and went into quarantine
According to Martin, a bullet went “right through her right eye,” leaving the teen “permanently disabled.”
“While doctors were able to remove the shell, there are still fragments in her face and she cannot chew and talk without pain,” Martin wrote.
Dimalanta, who was recently diagnosed with diabetes, also tested positive for COVID-19 while in the hospital, forcing her to quarantine.
Intersection of Quint Street and Oakdale Avenue in San Francisco where the shooting is said to have taken place
“Jessica needs medical care, is scared for her life and doesn’t want to go out because she is afraid something else will happen to her,” says Martin, noting that she needs physical and mental therapy.
“Jessica is the sweetest, kind, caring person with an angelic voice, loves to sing and spend time with her family,” says Martin.
She helps her single mother take care of her younger siblings, nieces and nephews. She didn’t deserve to suffer like this. Nobody deserves this at all. ‘
Dimalanta was supposed to begin classes this week with the goal of becoming a health care practitioner, but her injuries have put that plan on hold.
The GoFund Me concludes: “We also want to raise awareness of the anti-Asian violence and racism that is evolving around us. Please, let’s work together to stop senseless violent hate crimes and continue to take care of each other.
“We pray for past and current victims of these crimes and hope that we can move towards a safer and more inclusive society.”
Two months ago, Thai immigrant Vicha Ratanapakdee, 84, was murdered in San Francisco in an incident widely believed to be a hate crime.
A 19-year-old was arrested on charges of murder and elder abuse CNN
However, no charges were filed for hate crimes in the case, as it was shown that the arduous task of proving that a crime was motivated solely to hate.