A Georgia woman is accused of shooting a black teen walking by her house after suspecting him of harassing her and her family.
New York Daily News reports that Elisabeth Cannon was charged with aggravated assault after she shot 15-year-old Vernon Marcus Jr. The teen was walking by Cannon’s house at around 8 p.m. on Monday evening with a group of friends. Cannon had been harassed by local teenagers recently and believed that these teens were the culprits.
Vernon was immediately taken to the hospital where he remained in critical but stable condition.
Earlier on the day of the shooting, Cannon had notified police that a group of teens had been throwing rocks at her home.
This was not the first complaint that Cannon had made about the harassment. The 37-year-old said that Vernon and friends had been doing this for months and that “things got worse” after Cannon contacted authorities.
Cannon complained that the rocks thrown grew in size, and so did the teen’s hostility.
“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.'”
Recently, police made a visit to the house, telling the teens that they could not come near it.
On Monday when the teens returned, Cannon was in the front yard. She claimed that the teens immediately began an attack, but this time she fought back.
“The barrage of big rocks started, not just at my car and house, but me. I started shooting in their direction. They started running.”
Cannon agrees that the action she took “wasn’t the best decision to make,” but she was scared that the teens would eventually cause harm to her family.
The mom of a 16-year-old daughter said that her suburban neighborhood had become increasingly more dangerous, complaining of “bad blacks.”
“I have some really good black neighbors, but the good blacks won’t get onto the bad blacks.”
Cannon also said that she tried to differentiate between the two.
“You try not to profile but at the same time 99.9% of the crime is going to be, most often, a black male.”
Cannon posted bail at $12,400, and was released on Tuesday.
[Feature Photo: Bibb County Sheriff’s Office]