GARDEN GROVE (CBSLA) – A prayer vigil was held in Orange County Wednesday night in response to a mass shooting that left eight people dead at an Atlanta spa.
The Garden Grove vigil was for the growing number of Asian-Americans who have been targeted by hate crimes in the last year.READ MORE: Residents Around Alisal Fire Burn Area In Santa Barbara County Ordered To Evacuate As Storm Arrives
Since the pandemic began, these crimes are up by an estimated 1,200% in the area, according to the Center For The Study Of Hate And Extremism.READ MORE: 'Supercharge' Storm To Bring Heavy Rainfall To Southland
Police are not certain if the spa shootings were racially motivated, but some community leaders believe they were.
“It is not acceptable,” said Tammy Kim, vice mayor of Irvine.MORE NEWS: Lakers Overcome Morant's 40-points, Beat Grizzlies 121-118 For First Win Of Season
The Garden Grove mayor has asked police to boost already enhanced patrols.