A man frustrated over parking space went into a physical fight with a student at Santa Monica College, going as far as punching her and hurling racial slurs at her.
Fredric Allan Shinerock, 80, had visited the school to watch an opera when he got into an argument with the woman, calling her “ni**r and fighting her physically. Following the incident, the man is now being investigated for possible hate crime charges, reported KTLA.
A video of the confrontation surfaced online, showing Shinerock shouting at the black woman for two parking spaces.
“Get out of here!” and “Who the f–k do you think you are?” Shinerock said.
The woman then asked Shinerock several times, “What did you call me?”
A video of the incident was recorded by another student, who then shared it on Twitter. Sharing the video, Enrique Conde wrote, “A bad parking job was enough to send this old guy on a racist tirade yesterday afternoon in the parking lot of the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. In addition to the slurs, the man was yelling ‘Go back to South LA’ and that the lady ‘didn’t belong here.’ Crazy.”
A bad parking job was enough to send this old guy on a racist tirade yesterday afternoon in the parking lot of the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. In addition to the slurs, the man was yelling “Go back to South LA” and that the lady “didn’t belong here.” Crazy. pic.twitter.com/YL6gfm9u6t
— Enrique Conde (@EnriqueConde1) May 2, 2018
Shinerock is first seen screaming the racial slur before things got murkier. In the short video, both Shinerock and the woman are seen swinging and throwing punches at each other, with bystanders stunned at what’s happening.
The woman at some point tries to walk out of the fight, but the physical fight picks up again even as they curse at each other.
Following the incident, Shinerock was apprehended on suspicion of battery on a school campus, a misdemeanor, but he was later released.
Commenting on the issue, the college’s police chief Johnnie Adams said the incident would be investigated for possible hate crime.
SMC Superintendent and President Kathryn E. Jeffer issued a statement, saying, “Santa Monica College is an institution that prides itself on inclusivity and diversity and we will continue to do our utmost to uphold our commitment to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment.”
She continued, “We will take immediate and evident action to reinforce to our students, college community, and guests that there is no room for hate at Santa Monica College.”