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Authorities Monday were investigating a “hate incident” in Diamond Bar involving a motorist who drove past a group that was protesting against Asian American-Pacific Islander hate crimes and shouted obscenities.

And while that probe was underway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were investigating the shooting death of an Asian woman in Compton over the weekend, a killing that family members insisted should be looked at as a hate crime.

In the Diamond Bar “hate incident,” the altercation occurred about noon Sunday at Grand Avenue and Diamond Bar Boulevard, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The motorist, described only as a white man in his 50s, yelled obscenities at the group, which included a 32-year-old Asian woman and a 16-year-old Black girl, and kept going, Schrader said.

The case was listed as a hate “incident” and not as a hate “crime” because there was no injury or property damage, she said.

Video footage shows a dark-colored sedan driving through the intersection full of marchers, then making a U-turn and driving through a second time.

The incident occurred as rallies were held across the nation against hateful acts and to mourn the killings of eight people, including six women of Asian descent in Atlanta last week. In Los Angeles County, rallies took place at locations including Chinatown, Alhambra and Diamond Bar.

Meanwhile, an investigation was continuing into the shooting death of an Asian-American woman in Compton about 5:50 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of East Kay Street. The family of 28-year-old Sia Marie Xiong has called for a hate crime investigation into the killing.

Anyone with information on the homicide was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Anyone with information on the Diamond Bar incident was urged to call the Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 909-595-2264.

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