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Florida Man ‘Stands His Ground’ Against Loud Music

Authorities in Brevard County Florida say Michael Dunn, 45, opened fire while at a Jacksonville gas station into an SUV that was blaring loud music, killing young Jordan Davis, 17. It seems that on the night of November 23, 2012, the five youths in the SUV were on their way home from the mall, when they stopped at the gas station. According to detectives, who have already reviewed the security camera tapes, Dunn argued with the teens while his girlfriend was inside the convenience store, and then fired eight to nine shots, striking Davis, who was sitting in the back seat, twice. Davis died later at the Jacksonville Medical Center. None of the other passengers was injured. Dunn left the scene, but witnesses gave police his license plate number.

Of Dunn and his girlfriend, Lt. Rob Schoonover of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said, “I don’t know if, at the time, he knew he had struck anyone in the vehicle, but the next morning, when they woke up in the hotel and saw the news that someone was killed, that’s when they got in the car and fled back to Brevard.” Dunn was arrested at his Satellite Beach town home the next morning on an out of county warrant from Jacksonville on murder and attempted murder charges. He is still in custody. According to police, Dunn was planning on turning himself in, and he had said that he shot up the SUV because he felt threatened.

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