Have you ever read a news item about a shooting and noted the location and time of day? Did you catch yourself thinking, “Well, what do you expect if you’re in that part of town at 2 in the morning?” I know I have.
This is not about something like that. It’s about a young woman walking in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue entertainment district at about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17, minding her own business. She had gotten off work at the hair salon where she’s a stylist and was walking toward the nearby Jazzbones club when a teenage boy approached her and demanded her watch.
She said no. And then he shot her in the leg.
The alleged shooter and two older teens who were with him were later arrested, but that’s little comfort to the victim, Jennifer Novell Dewald. Her injury means she needs a wheelchair to get around, and she can’t earn a living as a stylist – a job that requires her to be able to stand for long periods of time. She’ll be unable to work for several months.
This crime strikes home for me because where Dewald works, Baroque Salon, is where I get my hair cut. It’s near several restaurants I patronize, including Crown Bar, Masa, Primo Grill and Asado. Dewald was apparently a random victim, and I suspect the fact that she’s a woman made her look like an easier target to the young thug. Sorry . . . alleged young thug.
Dewald’s co-workers want to help her with her living expenses and hefty medical and rehabilitation bills. They’ll have a benefit cut-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. No appointment is necessary, and they ask for a minimum $20 donation. The salon is at 2713 Sixth Ave.
Next door, Pastiche Wine Bar will host a wine and appetizer event from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, with a portion of the proceeds going toward Dewald’s expenses.
So get your hair cut, have a glass of wine and a nosh, and help out a victim of a senseless crime.