A 60-year-old Chinese man was shot dead after a security guard opened fired on him while he was playing “Pokemon Go” in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Jiansheng Chen told his brother he was going out to play the virtual reality game — a habit he picked up to bond with his nieces, nephews and grandchildren — and left in his van at around 10:30 p.m., according to attorney Greg Sandler. However, when he didn’t return for hours, his concerned brother went out to find him, only to come upon police surrounding the destroyed van.
VIDEO: Here's a look at a vehicle, riddled w/ bullet holes, that police took away from the crime scene overnight in Chesapeake pic.twitter.com/M7mcMDZuDr— Rico Bush (@RicoBushWAVY) January 27, 2017
Chen had parked his vehicle outside a clubhouse (which was also a "Pokemon Go" gym location) according to police reports, and was playing “Pokemon Go” when he was approached by a security guard. The two got into a confrontation (reportedly because of Chen’s very limited knowledge of the English language) but did not engage in physical violence.
However, the patrolman suddenly took out a gun and fired 5-10 shots at Chen.
"Mr. Chen was killed instantly,” said Sandler.
"I cannot imagine what could have justified shooting through the front windshield of Mr. Chen's van five times," the attorney said.
"His family are homeowners in the area. Ironically, he is one of the people that security is supposed to be protecting as a homeowner," Sandler added.
Chen, his family says, was a “wise and caring” man who dropped out of school in sixth grade to work and support his family. He was the first one of his family to immigrate to America and then saved up money to send for the rest.
The guard, who works for Citywide Protection Services, has not been named by the police because he has not yet been charged. The River Walk Community Association released a statement stating it “does have a contract for unarmed roving patrol services.”
But if that’s true, why did their security guard have a gun at the time of his confrontation with Chen? Also, why hasn’t he been charged when it is clear, at least according to Chen’s attorney, that he was the one who shot Chen?
The incident occurred on Jan. 26, yet a week later, no one has been charged with Chen’s murder, despite the many witness reports.
"It is obviously my client's hope that an arrest will be made and decided upon and that this person will be brought to justice because the circumstances are just so egregious that no one can understand how this happened," Sandler said.
Twitter users have banded together to call for justice for Chen.
The family planned to celebrate the Chinese New Year tonight. Now they are grappling w/ the death of Jiansheng Chen. https://t.co/6ZOZGj3vFv— Katherine Hafner (@khafner15) January 27, 2017
Justice for #JianshengChen— Alice Zhang (@thelilangrygirl) February 1, 2017
Hey Va attorney general, OF COURSE THERE SHOULD BE CHARGES THE SECURITY GUARD SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD A GUN. MURDER. #JianshengChen— Brittany Marsh (@BrittBrownMarsh) February 1, 2017
jiansheng chen was sitting in a parked car playing pokemon go. what could have possibly prompted a gun to be fired FIVE TIMES?— deja lu. (@kristothelu) February 1, 2017
#JianshengChen Killed by an illegally armed security guard in his own neighborhood before Chinese New Year and NO ONE has been charged— Karen Che (@psytium) February 1, 2017
I'm saying it again. #JianshengChen should still be alive right now. His murderer should be behind bars right now.— Brittany Marsh (@BrittBrownMarsh) February 1, 2017
What makes a 60 y/o man, sitting in his car, playing on his phone, a threat? Why hasn't the shooter been charged? https://t.co/PvMJGAaHU0— Cindy Liu (@Hapx) January 31, 2017
Banner/Thumbnail credit: Reuters