Family of Stockton-Mann, who was shot dead in possible hate crimes, speak out

STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) – A Stockton man is recovering in hospital after being shot multiple times in a possible hate crime.

The shooting took place on Pacific Avenue near Rivera Road at around 11:30 p.m. Friday night

“It’s like your worst nightmare. You never want a call like that, ”Marlon Gayle recalled as he played the voicemail his brother Bobby Gayle left after he was shot on Friday.

A surveillance video from a store near the Hammer Ranch Shopping Center showed the shooter firing at Bobby Gayle, a black man.

“He was going in the wrong direction. He almost hit my brother and his friend. And so my brother said, ‘Hey, slow down.’ And then a guy got out of the car and started saying the N word and shooting at my brother, ”Marlon Gayle said when describing what happened that night his brother remembered. “And you know, we just thought, wow. Not only did he … he tried to kill my brother. “

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Bobby Gayle was found on the floor and taken to the hospital. His family said he is now recovering after being shot seven times.

“My brother, he’s a hardworking man and loved by everyone and I’m glad it didn’t cost his life,” Marlon Gayle told FOX40.

Stockton Police confirm they have now investigated the shooting as a possible hate crime and have contacted the FBI and the California Department of Justice.

“Very brazen acts of violence, which of course we will not condone,” said Stockton Police Chief James Chraska. “Sagittarius has been described as a white male adult in his thirties.”

“It’s dangerous and no one should ever have to experience that. That shouldn’t happen, ”Chraska continued.

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Marlon Gayle said it was a miracle that his brother was alive and that her family would not let this racist attack define them.

“Our messages are love and hope, justice and truth, so we want the guy to be found,” explained Marlon Gayle. “But at the same time we are so grateful and do not let this hateful message deprive us of the blessing that our brother is alive and that hatred and violence will never win.”

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.

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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