Pan attempted to sooth her patrons with that, but reality quickly set in. Seven shots had been fired that Saturday evening, at least one of which struck the face of her building and posed a near miss for those out front.
Li Jing said that her instincts then turned, not to herself, but to the safety of her clientele. "I was not worried about myself or scared," said Pan. "I just worried about customers."
Despite the drama of the evening Li Jing reported that they have carried on business as usual ever since. She also mentioned that she has no concerns regarding her and her family's safety despite the shooting.
"Ashland is a good place," said Pan. "It is more peaceful than big cities."
Pan also highlighted how good it has been to live in the Ashland area. She said that her children are receiving excellent help in the schools. She also displayed a few cards that several Atowners sent in, each having a wide variety of signatures, to express their appreciation for Pan and her restaurant.
When it comes to the damage to the building Li Jing said that they will be absorbing the costs themselves. A friend, she said, would be able to do the repairs.
"I'm really concerned for them," said VanderZyden. "I would feel terrible if someone were targeting them."
Hill commented that she's not overly worried about the episode. She noted that it was just random act and not the norm for this area.
"I am glad no one was hurt," said Jo Ellen Zender. "Peking has great food and we need to support all local businesses."
"Peking has always been a staple in our community," commented Amy Koch. "I frequent Peking, not only for the fabulous food, but for the kindness the staff shows every patron that goes in there. The staff & the owners, previous and present, are all wonderful people."