"From his rearview mirror, he saw two young men in hoodies jump into a waiting gray SUV and speed off."

Quoted in a Tribune story about one killed and five wounded in a Gresham shooting.

Rev. Londale McNeal said he had just left his church next door to the convenience store and was driving east on 79th, about a block away, when he heard between 10 and 12 gunshots.

From his rearview mirror, he saw two young men in hoodies jump into a waiting gray SUV and speed off.

He drove back to the convenience store and ran inside.

"There were young men scattered everywhere," he said. "Some of them were screaming. ... You could see the wounds."

McNeal called an ambulance. He said he recognized the victims as young men from the neighborhood. He said he had prayed for them and tried to lure them to the boxing gym his church had opened near the store.

Hoodies are so mainstream that you can buy hoodie coffee mugs and embroidered hoodies. And sometimes they're the garments of choice of punks. What do you think the shooting victims thought when they were confronted  by two gun-totting guys in hoodies?  Yet, for some reason, hoodies have become an unassailable symbol of civil rights and racial justice. Let's get a grip.

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Tags: hoodies

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