Another unarmed Black Florida teenager has been shot and killed by an older white man under bizarre circumstances, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Michael David Dunn, 45, and his girlfriend were in Jacksonville Friday for Dunn's son's wedding when they stopped at a convenience store, Jacksonville sheriff's Lt. Rob Schoonover said. Jordan Russell Davis, 17, and several other teenagers were sitting in a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot when Dunn pulled up next to them in a car and asked them to turn down their music, Schoonover said.
Jordan and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice, Schoonover said. Jordan was sitting in the back seat. No one else was hurt. Dunn's attorney Monday said her client acted responsibly and in self-defense. She did not elaborate.
Dunn and his girlfriend took off afterward, and witnesses jotted down their tag number, deputies said.
The fatal shooting comes less than nine months after the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman. EBONY's Jamilah Lemieux essays that "acting responsibly" has become the new "white privilege."
Dunn harassed a car full of young people, shot into the car and drove away. Upon learning that someone had died, he fled town and waited for the police to come find him.
The shooter’s lawyer, Robin Lemonidis, originally stated that her client was not guilty and had acted responsibly. A report late Tuesday night included claims that Dunn had "seen a gun." While he certainly is entitled to his day in court…why was the gun claim not made until two days after he was arrested? Why didn’t he turn himself in if he felt he’d done nothing wrong?
Alas, in a country that is dealing with increased racial tensions and the insane paranoia of White men who seem to feel that their country has been stolen by a burgeoning ‘minority’ population and a Black president who won the popular vote, it seems inevitable that we will hear more stories like this.
Dunn is an avid "gun collector," reports the Jacksonville Times-Union. He was arrested at his home on Saturday and charged with murder and attempted murder. He is being held without bail.
Davis' funeral will be held on December 1.
Just another unarmed Black teenager gunned down by a white man who said that he “felt threatened." Nothing to see here. Keep moving, folks!