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Asian community in Las Vegas joining forces to help injured Chinatown waiter

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Dec 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-29 01:21:39-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Asian Community Development Council held a press conference Tuesday to continue to help the waiter who was critically injured in a shooting last week in Chinatown.

The group met at the council’s office on the second floor of Shanghai Plaza on West Spring Mountain Road and near the original crime scene.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and First Lady Kathy Sisolak attended Tuesday's event along with ACDC Founder and President Vida Chan Lin.

The council says its joining forces with Asian American and Pacific Islander business partners to raise funds for the injured waiter ChengYan Wang.

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Sisolak mentioned that Wang had been caring for his ailing mother in China and sending money back to help her before the incident. He called Wang an example of the American and Nevada Dream.

“Working hard in an incredible restaurant sending money home to his family," he said.

Wang, the head waiter at ShangHai Taste in Chinatown, was working late cleaning the restaurant early on the morning of Dec. 20 when he was shot multiple times in what the restaurant's owner called a "senseless and vicious burglary attempt."

Wang remains in critical but stable condition at the University Medical Center and his restaurant co-workers are hopeful about his recovery.

“He started to taste and eat some solid foods. His first request was congee with melon. So, we’re all pulling for him," Joe Muscaglione, managing partner at ShangHai Taste said.

The Asian Chamber of Commerce established a GoFundMe to raise money for him and his family. The Asian Community Development Council is also raising money and is matching up to $5000 in donations here.

Wang's accused attacker Rashawn Gaston-Anderson has been arrested and is currently held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.