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California: Vice mayor says he was verbally assaulted for being Asian-American, gay

CAMPBELL, Calif. -- Campbell's openly gay, Asian-American vice mayor said on Monday he was verbally assaulted by a woman this weekend on his way to a community festival for his race and for his sexual orientation.

Evan Low told NBC Bay Area that a woman came up to him on Saturday about 3 p.m. as he was heading toward the annual Oktoberfest festivities on Campbell Avenue.

"She pointed her finger at me in the shape of a gun and said, "Bang (expletive), die. Go back to China, you will die," Low said. The expletive was a derogatory word for a gay man.

Campbell Police Capt. Dave Carmichael said police have identified a suspect, but no one has been arrested. It's a misdemeanor to use words in public to provoke violence.

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