Michael Dunn remains in police custody, accused of shooting and killing Jordan Russell Davis, a 17-year-old African-American boy during a confrontation over loud music at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida.
According to Jacksonville sheriff’s Lt. Rob Schoonover, Davis, and four 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. 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 injured, but the other occupants were taken into custody for questioning and would later be released to their parents.
Said Ron Davis, the father of Jordan, “Your worst fears come true when the doctor comes in the room with the police officer and the chaplain.”And my heart just sank.”
When they told him his son was dead, Davis couldn’t believe it, until he saw Jordan for himself. “And they said this is a murder investigation and they didn’t want me to touch his body. And I said ‘are you kidding?’ And I hugged my son and I kissed my son on the forehead.”
Davis said his son, Jordan, and his friends were heading back from the mall. He said Jordan was in the backseat of the car when he was shot. “I told him that I loved him, and ‘Hey, have a great time at the mall and I’ll see you when I get home from work.'” And he said ‘OK dad, take care. Have a great day!” Davis said the murder has left him with a “hole in his heart,” and he wants no revenge on the man who took his son’s life.
“If the person can look in my face and tell me why, that’ll be enough for me,” said Davis. “I don’t believe a life for a life because taking that person’s life is not going to bring my son back.”
Dunn told detectives he fired the gun because he felt threatened. He claims several teens in the car were making threats after he told them to turn the music down, and he says he saw the barrel of a gun through a window. There were no guns found inside the teens’ car.
His girlfriend and the driver of Jordan’s vehicle were in Gate Food Post, 8251 Southside Blvd., when the shooting happened. Dunn and his girlfriend took off afterward, and witnesses jotted down their tag number, deputies said. They were staying in a Jacksonville hotel when they heard a news report Saturday morning indicating someone had died in the shooting, deputies said. They then returned to their home in Satellite Beach where Dunn, a gun collector, was arrested Saturday on charges of murder and attempted murder.
Dunn’s attorney, Robin Lemonidis, told reporters that “When all the evidence has been flushed out, I believe that it will be extremely clear that Mr. Dunn acted as any responsible firearm-owner would have under the same circumstances.” Dunn was arraigned Monday afternoon, and Lemonidis said she entered a not-guilty plea on her client’s behalf. As of Tuesday, he was being held without bail.
Jordan, who was a student at Samuel W. Wolfson High School, a magnet school in Duval County, will be buried in his hometown of Marietta, Ga. He is survived by his parents and a brother.
UPDATE 11-29-12: Jordan’s mother gives a television interview in the video below: