Patrons At Gay Bar In Stockton Shot With Paintballs The Same Night As Orlando Attack

“I never really felt unsafe, especially here—it’s kind of a 'home' atmosphere."

Another case of violence against patrons at a gay club: Early Sunday morning, the same time a gunman opened fire on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, customers at Paradise in Stockton, California, where hit with paintballs.

An unnamed 26-year-old woman told police she was hit in the arm, while a 27-year-old man was shot in the back. The two gave San Joaquin County police officers a description of the vehicle where the shooter came from.

The assault comes about a month after Paradise’s facade was shot up with paintballs.

“I’m just unhappy and angry with the situation,” clubgoer Robert Greenlee told CBS 13. “I never really felt unsafe, especially here—it’s kind of a home atmosphere. It’s always been safe and people here know their surroundings.”

“We have a pride center now and it’s created a lot of safety within people,” he added. “To take away that safety from the younger generation that has never experienced this is what make me angry the most.”

Also on Sunday, a man who claimed he was heading to L.A. Pride was discovered with loaded assault rifles, tasers and 25lbs of explosives in his car.

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