CA Shop Owner Shot Over Rainbow Flag
A California shop owner was shot and killed by a man who made derogatory comments about the pride flag hanging outside her business.
Lauri Carleton Cause Of Death
The fatal shooting happened Friday night in Lake Arrowhead, California. The suspect, who has not been identified, is said to have walked into the Mag.Pi store and made homophobic remarks to the shop owner, Lauri Carleton. When Carleton refused to take down the flag, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot her.
Carleton, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect fled the store but was later tracked down by police and shot and killed.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime.
“This is a senseless act of hate and violence,” said San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe. “Everyone deserves to live free of hate and discrimination.”
Carleton was a well-known and respected member of the Lake Arrowhead community. She was a fashion designer and owned two clothing stores, one in Lake Arrowhead and one in Studio City. She is survived by her husband of 28 years and their nine children.
The shooting has shocked and saddened the community. Many people have taken to social media to express their outrage and sadness.
“This is a tragedy,” said one Twitter user. “Lauri was a kind and generous person who would do anything for anyone. She didn’t deserve this.”
“This is a hate crime,” said another Twitter user. “We need to stand up against hate and violence.”
The shooting is a reminder of the dangers of hate and discrimination. It is important to remember that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.