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Interesting that the chick didn't seem frightened at all. Might help to have audio. I can understand doing nothing at first, but when she did act, she seemed to take it as a man-to-man thing and that she wasn't in danger. Maybe I'm reading into it too much.
Jake Steinmann wrote:I feel like there must be some context to this that we're not privy to for this. Unless the attacker is just completely insane (which is possible), it seems very strange for a restaurant patron to just suddenly decide to assault another one.
Not IMPOSSIBLE, just odd.
My guess? the attacker was the girl's brother. She didn't even seem apologetic to the guy she'd been sitting with. Possibly the victim said something offensive to the girl?
Wal-Mart was the scene of a brutal murder on Tuesday afternoon. A 74-year-old man was savagely beaten with a bat inside of the sporting goods section at the Wal-Mart in Lakewood, California. The attack took place just before 5pm, which is rather unnerving because it is still a highly populated time during daylight hours.
The Wal-Mart quickly became a scene of panic as horrified witnesses and shoppers were ushered out of the store as the police swarmed the parking lot. The elderly man was shopping by himself when he was suddenly and violently attacked from behind.
This brutal attack, which resulted in his death, was caught in its entirety on the security cameras. Police arrested the 42-year-old suspect, but are still somewhat baffled by what motivated this seemingly unprovoked attack, citing it as a “random act of violence.” Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department commented that, “There does not appear to be any conversation or any exchange of any type of communication.”
After the attack, the suspect walked out of the store where police immediately arrested him. According to the video, the suspect impulsively hits the victim from behind with no warning, and proceeds to beat him to death; the attack ends as abruptly as it started. The victim, whose identity is still yet to be released, was pronounced dead on the scene.
There appears to be no altercation of any kind between the victim and the attacker, from the video it seems as though the elderly man did not even see his attacker coming until it was too late.
The murder weapon was an aluminum bat that the suspect picked off the shelf just before viciously beating the elderly man. Witnesses described the suspect as possibly homeless and “on edge”, but according to Hernandez, “He wasn’t saying much so it’s unclear (what) his mental state (was) at this point.”
One witness, shopper Jennifer Thompson was just around the corner during the attack. “It was terrible. I could hear it, but I didn’t know he was getting beat up until I went to peek around the corner, and he was laying there in a pool of blood,” she said.
Another shopper, John Rouse had no idea what the commotion was about, but he saw the suspect being chased out of the store and apprehended. “He just kind of walked out the door and gave up.
There was no physical confrontation. He just sat down and gave up” said Rouse, who began filming the arrest on his cell phone. This is not the first attack for Wal-Mart or for Lakewood.
It has been reported that since 2007, Lakewood has had at least 18 homicides, and Wal-Marts are notorious for crimes, due to their lack of security.
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