A Trump supporter from Georgia who shot a 15 year old boy in the head after he “walked suspiciously” near her house has expressed strong racial views in the past and continues to do so.
Elisabeth Cannon, 47 was charged with two counts of aggravated assault for shooting 15-year-old Vernon Marcus Jr. as he walked past her Macon home with a group of friends just before 8 p.m., cops said in a statement. The teen was taken to a hospital where he remained in critical but stable condition early Thursday.
Cannon had previously complained of unruly behaviour in her neighbourhood and of teenagers hurling stones at her house.
Before the shooting, she said she had called the Police to report teenagers throwing rocks at her house. It is not known if the shot teenager Marcus., who lives nearby was among that group of teenagers or if he personally had thrown any rocks or if he just happened to walk past her house and mistaken for being the one behind the stone throwing.
“I saw them out of the corner of my eye,” she told WMAZ-TV. “The barrage of big rocks started, not just at my car and house, but me. I started shooting in their direction. They started running.”
“Maybe it wasn’t the best decision to make, but I thought eventually they might hurt us,” she added.
“I have some really good black neighbors, but the good blacks won’t get onto the bad blacks,” she told the Macon Telegraph in an interview about the small city, which is some 80 miles south of Atlanta. “You try not to profile but at the same time 99.9% of the crime is going to be, most often, a black male.”
Cannon added she’s able to differentiate between the “good” and the “bad blacks.”
“You can tell if they’re just out walking for exercise or going to the store or whether they’re up to something,” she said.
Reports are circulating online about controversial posts that she made online about former US President Barack Obama and his call for strict controls on guns and weapons ownership in the US but we can’t write about them until these posts have been verified. She has been released on bail after paying $12,400 but the case is likely to continue.
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