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Vandal throws Molotov cocktail in doughnut shop that hosted drag event

The suspect throwing a Molotov cocktail in The Donut Hole
The suspect throwing a Molotov cocktail in The Donut HolePhoto: Screenshot

A person smashed a window of a doughnut shop in Oklahoma and threw a Molotov cocktail inside in retaliation to the shop hosting a drag queen event.

Video posted to Facebook shows the unidentified person taping a paper to the door of The Donut Hole in Tulsa at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning and then smashing the glass door with a baseball bat. The person – who some on social media speculated was wearing a red MAGA hat – then threw a Molotov cocktail in the building.

“It’s got a chemical of some kind in it that’s meant to spread fire quickly and cause a great potential of damage,” said Lt. Tim Ingram of the Tulsa Fire Department.

Tulsa Fire’s Andy Little said the person left an anti-LGBTQ flier on neighboring businesses after they vandalized The Donut Hole. The flames did not spread and only caused minor damage.

No one was inside the building at the time of the attack, investigators said. The owners of the shop were out of town.

The owners told News on 6 that this is the second time that they were targeted. On October 17, the glass door and a window were broken. This happened just after a drag event in the shop.

Trans activist and Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic instructor Alejandra Caraballo noted on Twitter that there has been a larger pattern of violence and threats of violence against businesses that host drag events, which has often been “celebrated” online by anti-LGBTQ activists, encouraging more such violence and threats of violence.

Police say they have a person of interest but haven’t made any arrests so far.

The owners canceled an event they were planning for last Thursday where they were going to hand out 300 doughnuts to people in the community as a thank you for their support after the first attack.

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