Atlanta Shooting Spotlights Violence Against Asian Women

The suspect has said his crimes were not racially motivated, but police haven't ruled out that it may have been a hate crime.

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CAT SANDOVAL: For Asian-American and Pacific Islander, or AAPI women, the Atlanta shooting is worrisome because it hits home. Six of the eight victims look like them.

ROSE NGUYEN: Sickening. Saddening. And then all of that turns into anger.

JOO HAN: I just started crying. I thought, I can't keep my parents safe. I can't keep my community safe. I am scared.

CATHERINE CENIZA CHOY: My initial reaction was just tremendous grief. Yeah. It was painful.

CAT SANDOVAL: Although the suspect says it's not race related, officials are still investigating and have not ruled it a hate crime. A new report from "Stop AAPI Hate" says they received nearly 3,800 hate incidents since the start of the pandemic-- majority of which were women. Bakery owner Rose Nguyen says she's been on high alert.

ROSE NGUYEN: Yes, I'm scared. But, I think, overall, I'm angered that I have to feel this way. That I have to worry about my staff. That I have to make sure everyone has pepper spray on them.

CAT SANDOVAL: As a reaction to the shooting Tuesday, New York City and Seattle Police Department increased patrols in their Asian-American communities.

JOO HAN: The fact that these Asian-owned businesses were targeted and that the majority of victims were Asian lets us know that there still is a threat to our safety-- to our physical and mental and emotional safety-- that we need to address as a community.

CAT SANDOVAL: The Asian-American Federation is pushing for more community outreach instead of more policing because of fears it may create more harm for unprotected immigrant populations.

CATHERINE CENIZA CHOY: Race matters. The recognition and the visibility of the way in which Asian-Americans have been racialized, the way in which Asian-American women have been fetishized and objectified.

CAT SANDOVAL: For "Newsy," I'm Cat Sandoval.