A white woman from Florida was arrested Tuesday for the fatal shooting of her Black neighbor. Susan Lorincz faces charges of manslaughter with a firearm, culpable negligence, battery, and two counts of assault. The arrest came in response to mounting pressure from the public.
The shooting has brought Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law into the spotlight again. Lorincz claims self-defense, stating that her neighbor, Ajike “AJ” Owens, had attempted to break down her door and had a history of previous attacks. However, detectives concluded Lorincz’s actions were not justified under Florida law.
The shooting took place Friday night when Owens went to confront Lorincz for throwing a skate at her child. According to civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents the Owens family, Lorincz had directed racial slurs at the children before the confrontation, and when Owens knocked on the door to talk to her about the incident Lorincz fired shots through her metal door, resulting in the tragic death of Owens, a 35-year-old Black mother of four.
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