A white Georgia woman who was once quoted making racially charged comments to a newspaper was arrested for shooting a 15-year-old black boy who was walking by her house on Monday, the Daily News reported.
The teen, Vernon Marcus Jr., is in critical but stable condition after being shot in the head.
Elisabeth Cannon, 47, had called police hours before to complain about kids throwing rocks at her house. It’s unclear if Marcus was among the teens throwing rocks.
Cannon told a local outlet that the act had been going on for months.
"They'd get the biggest rocks," she said. "When they would see us in the yard, they would glare at us and say I know you're the ones who called police on us.”
"They started targeting us personally," she added. "We felt terrorized.”
Cannon said that the day of the shooting, the teens threw rocks not just at the house and car, but at her.
"Maybe it wasn't the best decision to make, but I thought eventually they might hurt us," she added.
But a friend of the victim told the Macon Telegraph that he and Marcus were just walking back to their house after going to the store and that it was Cannon who had been harassing the teens for months, including calling them racial slurs.
Cannon had been quoted in a local paper years earlier about crime in her town, which she pinned on “bad blacks.”
"I have some really good black neighbors, but the good blacks won't get on to the bad blacks," she told the Telegraph about her town in 2013. "You try not to profile but at the same time 99.9% of the crime is going to be, most often, a black male.”
"You can tell if they're just out walking for exercise or going to the store or whether they're up to something,” she added.
[Image: Bibb County Sheriff's Office]
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