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: Report: Actor Bob Odenkirk Hospitalized After Collapsing During Filming Of 'Better Call Saul' Final Season
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: SWAT Standoff In Echo Park After Body Is Found Inside Home
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: Ed Buck Found Guilty In West Hollywood Overdose Deaths
The Garden Grove mayor has asked police to boost already enhanced patrols.