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Shooting of Jordan Davis

The shooting of Jordan Davis occurred on Friday, November 23, 2012, at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, United States by Michael David Dunn, a 47-year-old software developer, following an argument over the loud music played by Davis and/or his three friends. Jordan Russell Davis was a 17-year-old high school student. Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted second-degree murder for firing at three other teenagers who were with Davis and one count of firing into a vehicle.[2]

The shooting took place in Duval County. Dunn was visiting the city for a wedding.[3] The incident began when Dunn allegedly confronted Davis and his companions, objecting to the volume of the music being played in their vehicle. A verbal argument ensued to which Dunn responded by retrieving a loaded handgun from his car and shooting ten rounds into the teenagers car, fatally injuring Jordan Russell Davis.[4]

Around 7:30 p.m., four teenage boys (Leland Brunson, Jordan Davis, Tommie Stornes, and Tevin Thompson) stopped at the Gate gas station to buy gum and cigarettes. While the driver, Tommie Stornes, was inside making the purchase, Michael Dunn and girlfriend Rhonda Rouer pulled into the adjacent parking spot. Rouer left the car to purchase white wine and chips.[5] She testified that Dunn told her, I hate that thug music before she left the car for the store, although Dunn claims he used the phrase rap crap.[6] [7]

The bass from loud hip-hop music (Beef by Lil Reese) playing in the teens SUV started to shake both cars and bother Dunn, who asked for it to be turned down.[5] [8] Front seat passenger Tevin Thompson initially complied, but then Jordan Davis objected and Thompson turned the music back up.[9] According to the other teens, Davis and Dunn continued to talk to each other, with Davis cursing, becoming extremely upset and allegedly referred to Dunn as a cracker.[10] Dunn remained relatively calm. Meanwhile, Stornes returned to the vehicle.[5]

According to Dunns testimony, Davis threatened to kill him,

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