Cameron Mohammed: Armed hate crime victim doesn’t shoot back
Surveillance video captures the moment Mr Mohammed and his girlfriend were attacked at point-blank range outside a shopping centre parking lot in Florida around 3am on Thursday.
Their alleged assailant, Daniel Quinnell, had approached the couple from behind, yelling racial slurs, before squeezing the trigger on his gas-propelled pellet gun as many as 20 times, police said.
But Mr Mohammed kept his concealed gun in its holster throughout the attack – even though firing back may have been justified under Florida’s controversial stand-your-ground laws, which permits people to use deadly force when there is a reasonable belief of an unlawful threat.
“I just couldn’t do it,” he told the Tampa Bay Times.
“I couldn’t blow this guy away for something he could change later in life. I’m not going to decide this man’s fate.”
Quinnell, 25, had allegedly asked Mr Mohammed if he was Muslim or from the Middle East.
When Mr Mohammed, who was born in Trinidad and raised in Tampa, said no, Quinnell began shooting him and his girlfriend anyway, police said.
Mr Mohammed will have surgery to remove a few of the pellets.
Quinnell allegedly fled the crime scene but was arrested a few days later when his mother turned him in.
He will face court charged with aggravated battery.
Quinnell had previously been banned from carrying firearms, because of his history of battery charges and violent threats.
That was why he carried the pellet gun instead during Thursday’s attack, he allegedly told police.
Source: Tampa Bay Times
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