The family of a California construction worker want answers after their loved one was shot several times in what is now being looked at as a potential hate crime.
Bobby Gayle, 45, is still recovering after being shot seven times this month in the town in California’s Central Valley.
The incident took place on October 8, 2021 while Bobby was on the job at a north Stockton restaurant.
Bobby saw a man driving at high speed through the parking lot and yelled for him to slow down. The man identified as Michael Hayes, 31, stopped his truck, got out and started shooting and spouting racial slurs.
The shooter missed several major arteries, but Bobby was ultimately hit in his throat, upper arm, shoulder and two times in the face.
Prior to Hayes’ arrest, Stockton Police shared photos of the man and his truck on Facebook. There was also a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.
Stockton Police Assistant Chief Jim Chraska said that the department was “working with reporting to the California Department of Justice as well as the FBI. We have an officer on the FBI task force. So it’s important to us to make sure we get the community’s help.”
After the arrest, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones thanked the “anonymous tipster and the hard work of our detectives for bringing a quick resolution to this case for the victim and his family.”