A 17-year old teenager Jordan Davis of Florida was shot dead by a trigger happy man in a gas station in Florida – reviving the memories of Trayvon Martin.
The teenager was in a sports utility vehicle, listening to music, when he was shot dead.
It seems Jordan Davis was in the back seat and three of his friends in the front seat when 45-year old Michael David Dunn parked his car beside Jordan’s SUV.
The shooting took place at around 7:40 p.m. – Dunn was with his girlfriend and was returning from his son's wedding.
Dunn’s girlfriend went into the store, and he asked the boys to turn the volume of the music down and an argument followed.
The incident happened in a Jacksonville gas station on 23rd of November 2012 and the police arrested Dunn the next day.
They traced him through his license plate to his home in Satellite Beach, about 160 miles away and arrested him.
It seems he was a gun collector and shot at local ranges.
His defense was that he felt threatened and was afraid that the boys would attack him – so he fired eight or nine shots into the car and a couple of them hit Jordan.
However, the police did not find and gun in the SUV when they checked it.
This brings into focus the Florida law of ‘stand your ground’ in which any person who feels threatened can act in self-defense and use deadly force.
In the Trayvon Martin case, a neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman engaged in a scuffle with the teenager because he felt that Trayvon was armed – and, there were no witnesses.
Hence, it was difficult to ascertain the actual sequence of events and Zimmerman was arrested after nearly one month.
But, in this Florida gas station incident, there was no scuffle and there were witnesses.
As per Jordan Davis' father, Jordan would be turning 18 next year and was a typical high school junior – he was set to begin his first job at McDonald's and was looking forward to buying his first car.
He had a ‘million-dollar smile’ and liked music and his friends paid tributes to him through a Facebook page dedicated to him.
Incidentally, the 29-year old George Zimmerman, who is on trial accused of the murder of Trayvon Martin, is short of funds for fighting the legal battle – he had raised money through his website George Zimmerman Defense Fund and the sum of $340,000 is exhausted.
Zimmerman had shot dead Trayvon Martin at an encounter at the Retreat at Twin Lakes community in Sanford on 26th of February.
His lawyer Mark O'Mara has not received any payment till now his services.
He is now appealing for more money and has promised to a gift all donors his personalized ‘thank you’ card.
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