To follow up to my original post about the fight that broke out at the Fountainhead Pub on Davie Street last Friday night, the following information is quoted from the front cover article of the Vancouver 24Hours, for March 17, 2009;
“…62-year-old Ritchie Dowie [was] sucker punched in the head.”
Dowie’s friend Lindsay Wincherauck is quoted as a key witness to the event, and was the voice behind the interview printed by 24Hours. His descriptions of the actual event are quite graphic, alluding to the event being more severe than I believe most bystanders originally expected, “The blow knocked Dowie to the ground, smashing his head on the tiled floor and sending him into a coma.”
The article continues with Wincherauck confronting the assailant, questioning him, “I asked him why he did it and he said ‘because he’s a fag. He deserved it, he touched me.’”
Due to this stated, and the overall nature of the events the VPD spokesperson Const. Jana McGuinness has stated that police investigators are still looking into the acts of violence being a possible hate crime. The assailant, Shawn Woodward, 35 has currently been charged with aggravated assault.