In yet another instance of hate crime against a person of color, a woman allegedly pointed a gun at an African-American man at a McDonald’s restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida.
Charles Daniels, 47, was looking for a parking space at the fast food restaurant when 55-year-old Mary Ulman started honking behind him in her red Ford truck, according to police reports. As Daniels got out of his car to go inside for lunch, Ulman pulled up next to him and started hurling racial epithets.
“She was racial slurs this and that, but my grandfather didn't raise us that way, so I overlooked it,” Daniels told the police.
The man ignored the woman and walked in to the restaurant, but soon noticed a red dot from a laser gun pointing at his shoulder.
“I looked and she had her gun pointed at me,” Daniels continued.
Two employees working at McDonald’s claimed the woman pointed the gun at them as well.
Daniels said he feared for his life and the lives of the people inside the restaurant.
“Am I going to be all right and everybody else? What about everybody else, when she started pointing through the drive-through window?” he said.
Police stopped Ulman on Main Street and Sara Drive and found the firearm, which she allegedly used, in the car. They then drove her back to the restaurant where witnesses identified her and she was arrested.
Ulman has been charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony. Her motive for going on a racist attack has not yet been confirmed.
The manager of the McDonald’s said he took a look at the security camera footage, but it did not cover the area where Ulman reportedly pointed the gun at Daniels and the restaurant’s workers.
Meanwhile, when Daniels was asked if the incident could have been prevented, he replied with a “no” and said all they could do was pray these days.
He also had a message for Americans: “Look beyond the racial divide and pray.”
Bigots and racists have become overly bold since President-elect Donald Trump’s election victory — and in this time of turmoil, people can indeed only hope and pray for the worst to pass.
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