BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — More than a week after Patrick Jahari-Sales’ 20-year-old daughter was allegedly shot by the owner of Good Friends Chicken and Seafood Restaurant, the doors are permanently closed.
However, that’s not enough, according to Herman Henderson.
“That could have been my daughter. That could have been somebody else’s child,” Henderson said. “It could been someone in the car line.”
Henderson is the president of Stop the Violence, and he has been protesting outside the restaurant for nearly a week.
“We’re making sure that the community knows that we was walling to stay out here until this restaurant is shut down,” Henderson.
That message was heard by people passing by the restaurant, and it’ll be heard by members of city council on March 3, 2014.
They’ll hear from members of the community who want the owner of the restaurant’s business license revoked.
On March 11, 2014, the owner will get his chance to tell his side of what happened.
According to Lt. Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department, two females went into the restaurant to get food on Thursday, February 6.
Edwards says the women began eating the food in the car when one of them bit into an egg roll and found a roach in it.
She took the egg roll into the store, laid it on the counter and said she wanted her money back.
An argument ensued, and she was eventually given her money back. As she was leaving the restaurant, the owner shot at the woman, but the bullet went past her.
The owner, Chun Hin Ching, 52, was arrested and charged with attempted murder.
As for now, Jahari-Sales says he’s grateful to see the community rally around his daughter.
“The support has been tremendous,” Jahari-Sales said.
Meanwhile, Henderson says this is progress.
“We’re moving 50 years forward. It makes me feel that when you stand up for what’s right, you let people know what you thought was right, then somebody’s gonna listen,” Henderson said.
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