Family: Gunman in Mt. Oliver shooting referred to Trayvon Martin before opening fire
The fiancee of a shooting victim who remains hospitalized is refuting claims that the shots were fired in self-defense, and she said that the gunman referenced Trayvon Martin before opening fire.
"I basically watched someone try to kill him in front of my face," Kaelin Bubonovich said Saturday. "It hurts. I want justice for him."
Jamal Dixon was shot around 7 p.m. Thursday outside his Elizabeth Street home in Mount Oliver after an argument that began when he noticed a scuff mark on his car, apparently caused by a basketball. Bubonovich says her fiance asked a group of teenagers playing nearby if they were responsible for the mark, but they denied it.
"Then the other gentleman came over and just completely cut off their conversation and said 'He's only 15, leave him alone," Bubonovich said.
two argued for a short time, and the other man walked away. But he
came back a short time later to see the mark for himself. Somehow, the
"Stand Your Ground" law, which received nationwide attention after the
shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida, came up
and the argument turned heated.
Dixon is black; the shooter is said to be white but police have not released his name.
"He just basically said 'F you, F Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman made this right,'" said Bubonovich. She said the other man pushed Dixon, who then took a step forward and was shot multiple times.
A friend of the shooter who didn't want to be identified said the shooting was justified. "(Dixon) was yelling at him," the witness said. "He attacked him, my friend pulled out his gun because he was getting attacked, and he defended himself."
The friend said the shooter is licensed to carry a gun. "He even said the reason he's being so aggressive is to make sure it never happens again," the friend said.
"He set the weapon down on the table, called the ambulance and told them someone is injured, we need an ambulance, and he said, 'Tell the cops I'm going to come out peacefully.'"
Allegheny County homicide detectives and Mount Oliver police have been investigating the shooting. Dixon's family is angry that the shooter has not been arrested. They say Dixon never touched the man before being shot.
Thank God......it's Friday!!!