‘He just kept hitting me’: Woman punched in violent Deep Ellum attack speaks out

‘He just kept hitting me’: Woman punched in violent Deep Ellum attack speaks out

'He just kept hitting me': Woman punched in violent Deep Ellum attack speaks out


The story below, first published by WFAA Channel 8, gives some insight into the brutal assault of a young Black woman who mistakingly drove down the wrong way on Elm Street in the Deep Ellum district in Dallas, TX. The man pulled a gun on her an when she attempted to dial 911 he knocked the phone out of her hand. She retaliated against the aggression and he began to punch her in her face and head.

The injuries sustained by this young lady as a result of the attack are significant. She is currently recovering from post-concussion syndrome, cranial swelling, a bruised and swollen face and more.

The initial report reveals that the man was only charged with misdemeanor assault, public intoxication, and interfering with a 911 call. Just one look at the viciousness of the attack, the racial slurs being hurled and the sheer force of his punches, this far more than a misdemeanor assault. He could have literally killed her.

Honestly, I am done with expecting a system that has never worked in our favor to all of a sudden surrender to us the justice we deserve. It is the responsibility of our men to provide safety for our women. It is beyond time that we make our presence felt when it comes to applying negative consequences to negative actions, especially negative actions against our women, children, and elderly.

Black men can never rightfully claim any semantically symbolic throne of a proposed kingdom where our women are not safe.

How a man treats your women is a direct expression of what he thinks of you. We are basically being bitched by White men who find no pause in hitting, kidnapping, raping and killing our women.

“A man who does not have something for which he is willing to die is not fit to live.” MLK

Our women will never respect us if we are unable or unwilling to offer them refuge and safety in our presence. This is not about whether you approve of any particular behavior, it is about sending a message that Black women are not fair game.

Austin Shuffield, the coward who attacked this woman, should not feel safe. In Houston, a school district police officer named Jacob Ryan Delgadillo should not feel safe after raping and molesting a 14-year-old Black girl in the school restroom. Joshua Edwards, a White supremist who went on a crime spree in Florida — kidnapping and raping a Black convenience store clerk, should not feel safe.

It is time for Black men to rise up and reclaim our roles as protectors. ~ Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.

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‘He just kept hitting me’: Woman punched in violent Deep Ellum attack speaks out

“All I could do was try and protect myself,” she said. “He literally sat there and beat me like a man.”


DALLAS — A suspect in a violent assault captured on video in Deep Ellum has been identified as 30-year-old Austin Shuffield, according to an arrest warrant.

Shuffield was charged with assault bodily injury, interfering with an emergency call and public intoxication.

According to the arrest warrant, police were called at about 4:26 a.m. Wednesday to a disturbance in the 2800 block of Elm Street.

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Upon their arrival, officers spoke to the woman, who said a man confronted her about blocking a parking lot exit after she drove the wrong way down Elm Street to drop off friends at a hostel, the arrest warrant said.

L’Daijohnique Lee, 24, had been out in Deep Ellum with friends and told WFAA that she made a simple mistake.

“I knew I was on a one-way street but I was stopping literally at the corner to let my friend out,” she said.

After she moved her vehicle into the lot, she said a man approached her car in an attempt to get a picture of her license plate, which is when she said she told him “to get back or else she would mace him,” the arrest warrant said.

Austin Shuffield
Austin Shuffield.
Dallas County Sheriff’s Department

A witness recorded the entire event via phone and at one point it shows the man, identified as Shuffield, pull out a gun during the confrontation.

He never points it at Lee or threatens her with it, however. “I got scared, I was like ‘you have a gun?’ The first thing I thought to do was call the police,” she said.

Authorities wrote that Lee said she then went to call 911, which is when Shuffield can be seen in the video slapping a phone out of her hand and kicking it away from her.

She told police she feared for her life and went to slap Shuffield in an attempt to push him away. At this point, Shuffield can be seen punching Lee as many as five times in the video, pushing her into a metal pole.

“He charged at me, and he just kept hitting me, and I was like ‘ok, ok, ok’,” Lee said.

“Watching that video literally makes me cry. All I could do was try and protect myself,” she said. “He literally sat there and beat me like a man.”

When police arrived, the video was handed over to officers for review and Shuffield was taken into custody at the scene.  According to the arrest warrant, a .45 caliber Glock and knife were later found inside Shuffield’s vehicle.

A man identified on Facebook as Ricky Tan said he recorded the cellphone video.

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In the comments of the video post, Tan said he didn’t attempt to stop the assault because the man was armed.

Lee told WFAA that she is glad everything was recorded. “In reality, that recording really helped me because when the police showed up, it would have been my word against his,” she said.

She sustained minor injuries to the left side of her face but hasn’t gone to the hospital to be checked out just yet. She’s still trying to make sense of what happened.  “It didn’t even have to go that far, I just keep thinking why?” she said. “It wasn’t that serious of a situation.”

While this isn’t a case of domestic violence, we’d like to post a reminder that if you or someone you know may be a victim of domestic violence, you can call the 1−800−799−7233 hotline to connect with experts, or visit thehotline.org

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