Laura Ann Carleton, a 66-year-old clothing store owner in Cedar Glen, California, was shot dead because of a rainbow flag hanging outside her boutique. The murder took place on Friday evening. The assailant was tracked down by investigators and died in a shootout with officers.
The incident took place on the evening of Friday, August 19 in Cedar Glen in southern California. Before firing at Carleton, the attacker “made several disparaging remarks about the rainbow flag that hung outside her store,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said. Emergency services arrived at the scene of the shooting and pronounced the 66-year-old dead.
“Our great friend Lauri Carlton was murdered yesterday in her shop by a 27-year-old man who didn’t like the large rainbow flag hanging outside her shop. He tore it down and when she confronted him, he shot her,” he reported in on social media, the 66-year-old’s friend, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig.
Laura Ann Carleton was shot because of the rainbow flag
Carleton was the mother of nine children. According to the local organization “Lake Arrowhead LGBTQ”, the woman “did not identify herself as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, but she devoted her time to help and support all people belonging to it.” Under the post posted by the group in social media, Internet users posted dozens of comments with condolences for the family of the deceased 66-year-old.
The man who shot Carleton was tracked down by investigators later that evening, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office. He was still armed. During the intervention, there was an exchange of fire, in which the attacker was killed. The services did not provide any information that could identify him.
wp.sbcounty.gov, The Guardian
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