Two elderly women were attacked Tuesday afternoon at a bus stop by a knife-wielding man. One of the women was identified as 85-year-old Chui Fong Eng.
Two elderly Asian American women waiting at a bus stop were stabbed
Two elderly Asian American women waiting at a San Francisco bus stop on Tuesday afternoon were approached by a man with a knife and stabbed
The latest in a series of violent attacks against Asian Americans in the U.S. Police later arrested a suspect, a 55-year-old San Francisco resident.
A spokesperson told Buzzfeed News that the incident has not been deemed a hate crime, but it was noted that the investigation is ongoing.
One of the women stabbed is 85 years old and the other is in her 60s.
They were taken to a hospital and were in stable condition after Tuesday night, according to Matt Haney, a San Francisco district attorney, who said he was in contact with their families.
Patricia Lee, a witness who was working at a nearby flower stand when the incident took place, told ABC7 she saw the man as he stung one of the women.
“His back was turned and all I can see are the feathers sticking out of his jacket,” Lee said.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said in a statement that charges could be filed as soon as Friday.
“The attacks on our [Asian Americans and Pacific Insulaner] community and especially our senior residents are appalling, not only for the victims who experience physical injury, but for the entire AAPI community who live in fear,” Boudin said.
“We will stop those who commit and do these acts of violence.”
The 85-year-old woman’s grandson, Drew Eng, identified her to BuzzFeed News as Chui Fong Eng.
He declined to comment further, but in a GoFundMe to raise money for medical expenses, Drew’s sister, Victoria, said her grandmother was waiting at the bus stop to go home when she was ” penetrated with a long knife in her right arm, and [it] went into her chest.”
“San Francisco is my home and my grandmother’s home. We have to feel safe where we live and not be in constant fear.” said Chui Fong Eng’s granddaughter.
The San Francisco shooting is one of at least four attacks on Asian people in various cities this week.
On Sunday, a man approached two Asian women in their 60s as they were closing a Baltimore liquor store and attacked them with a cinder block hitting them in the head.