I rarely post stuff like this but I read this story and had to share it with at least one person who may not have caught it. When I heard one caucasian woman was hurt in this melee I wondered who she was and what role she played. My worst fears were confirmed.
WTF is wrong with this town?
Slain woman 'tried to save fight victim'
Group was kicking man in head, witnesses say
Monday, January 05, 2004
Angry friends of Rachel Davis, the young woman shot to death on the streets of Gastown Saturday, say she was slain after trying to intervene in a fight and save a man from being kicked to death.
Vaughn Neville says he, Davis and four of their friends in the skateboarding community were enjoying a final drink at the Purple Onion nightclub on Water Street when the bar was closed at 4 a.m.
They headed out the side exit to find two groups of about a half a dozen people each -- an Asian group and an Indo-Canadian group -- arguing with one another, but Neville said it was not racially motivated.
"One of these Asian guys was really insecure. He thought one of these other guys was talking trash and decided to up it with a fight," said Neville, 25, who spends six months of the year teaching English in Taiwan.
"These other guys, they actually apologized and tried to quell it and not turn it into a fight. But this guy wouldn't have any of it, went up to them and some swinging started to happen."
One man fell to the ground and was surrounded by five or six others, who took turns kicking him in the head, leaving him unconscious. Neville and his group of friends were appalled and Davis was the first one to jump into the middle of the fray and put her body over the man on the ground.
"I was surprised how fast she got in and was in the middle of it. That's when the gun came out. I saw two guys, two of the East Indian guys, get shot at point-blank range.
"He started shooting in other directions. And that's when I started running."
At first Neville thought it was a cap gun because it wasn't that loud and another of his friends started to chase after the gunman, but he turned on Neville's friend and opened fire, grazing him with a bullet on the forehead.
Shortly afterward, Neville returned to the scene of the shooting and found to his horror that Davis was lying on the ground, a bullet through her forehead, fighting for her life.
"She put up a huge fight. She knew we were there. We held her hand. She breathed for us really well. Because of the severity of her gunshot, we all kind of knew she wasn't going to make it to the hospital. We just kept her calm and did what we could for her."
Davis, a Vancouver waitress who recently celebrated her 23rd birthday, died. A man, whose name has not been released, also died of gunshot wounds. Four men were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds. One was a friend of Neville's, a man who was shot through the wrist and shoulder, but was doing "fine" yesterday, he said.
Kevin Kelly, vice-president of the Vancouver Skate Park Coalition, a group that lobbies for the skateboarding community, says he knew Davis well and was outraged at the senseless nature of the killing.
"Rachel was doing nothing more than trying to help save someone's life. That's what sucks about this. She's so innocent in this entire thing. It's just ridiculous that she should be lying there with her head blown apart."
He said word of the shooting has flashed around the skateboarding community.
"It's horrendous. The word got out so fast. I just went out to the indoor skate park in Richmond and everybody knows about it. Every skate shop knows about it."
Neville is planning to hold a march from Davis's home to the scene of the killing to raise awareness about the rising use of guns on the streets of Vancouver.
Vancouver police Const. Sarah Bloor said of the four men taken to hospital, one has been released. One is in serious condition and the two others are in stable condition.
She said investigators believe all of the people involved in the shooting were inside the Purple Onion prior to the shooting, but the argument that triggered the shooting is not believed to have started in the club.
There are two suspects being sought by police, both Indo-Canadian men, but no descriptions have been released.
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