A man who was attacked on his way to Vancouver’s Sunday night vigil for Orlando shooting victims says it might’ve been a hate crime.
Dallas Groot was downtown, on his way to the Art Gallery when he was attacked from behind. He says a man with a black hoodie hit him with an unknown weapon and knocked him to the ground.
“I’m still pretty shaken up about it. It being a random attack and delivered because of, I’m assuming because I was carrying the pride flag.”
Groot was taken to hospital immediately after the incident, which he says left him with a serious bruise on his back.
He says he thinks the attack has to do with his sexual orientation.
“Pretty heartbreaking that you know, in today’s age, that we still have to worry about you know, what is the person next to me going to do?”
He says following the deadly attacks the shock was just as emotional as it was physical.
The Vancouver Police department did not immediately return a request for comment.