Neighbor accused of shooting unarmed black man who was renting nearby Airbnb
A San Jose, California man is accused of shooting an unarmed black man who was renting a nearby Airbnb.
According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Mark Waters, 66, confronted the 21-year-old who was heading to a nearby grocery store. As the man tried to run for safety, prosecutors said Waters shot him while the man’s back was turned.
The police were called and reportedly rescued the man. The district attorney’s office said the man suffered serious leg injuries.
Waters is charged with felony assault with a semi-automatic firearm resulting in grievous bodily harm and the personal use of a firearm.
The incident reportedly happened on October 2, but charges were not announced until December 9.
“Everyone should walk safely to the store,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “We will not tolerate such senseless and violent acts in this county. We wish the victim a speedy recovery and will ensure that he receives justice for this brutal assault.
Airbnb has also spoken out strongly against the incident.
“We condemn this vicious and unprovoked attack,” a company spokesperson said. “We thank the San Jose Police Department as well as the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for their work in holding the perpetrator accountable and sending hateful crimes have no place in our society.