first_imgTwo nights after someone threw corrosive acid in a young woman’s face near Esther Short Park, several people on the sidewalks said they were puzzled about the unusual assault, which has gained nationwide media interest.“It’s definitely been on my mind,” said Dave Melton, a visitor from Riverside, Calif., who was walking with his daughter in the park shortly before dark Wednesday night.“We just don’t understand why it happened,” he said, adding that he’s wondering if the assailant might target someone else.In the Starbucks at West Eighth and Columbia streets, where 28-year-old Bethany Storro was planning to go when the assailant struck, an employee said, “People have been coming in and asking about it, just asking if she was OK.”Victim in acid attack undergoes surgeryCustomers weren’t saying they felt unsafe, said the employee, who said she wasn’t allowed to give her name to a reporter.Three young women who were ordering coffee in the shop also said they’d heard about the attack but didn’t feel unsafe in the area.Also in the shop were Detective Wally Stefan and another investigator with the Vancouver police Major Crimes Unit, interviewing a Starbucks employee.Stefan said he has received about 20 phone tips.A 48-year-old man, who said he’s lived near the park since 2007, said he wished police would release a more detailed description of the attacker.last_img