If They Come Back Again I Will Shoot Them. From [HERE] and [HERE] Vernon Markus Jr. was walking down Bloomfield Drive on Monday night with a group of friends when a woman shot at the boys and hit him.
Elisabeth Cannon, 47, told 41NBC that the boys had been throwing rocks at her home which led her to shoot Markus Jr. She added that for several days prior to the shooting, the boys would walk by her home and throw rocks at her husband’s car and the house.
Bibb County sheriff’s deputies said Marcus was with some friends when they heard several shots.
Then they noticed he had been shot in the head.
Marcus fell on the sidewalk, about 30 feet from Cannon’s circular driveway on Bloomfield Drive in south Macon. He was rushed to Medical Center, Navicent Health, in critical condition.
It is not clear whether the gun was fired from inside or outside the house or whether. Apparently there was no face to face confrontation and no unavoidable danger was present. The teen(s) was allegedly at the edge of her property. The white woman did not appear to be in any imminent danger of bodily harm as she had not been hit by a rock and the teen[s] were not trying to gain entry. Cannon was not injured and her attorney did not describe how she was under any specific, immediate threat from Markus. Apparently no windows were broken and the outside of the house was not otherwise damaged - self defense seems to be inapplicable. None of the teens were charged with crimes.
After 8pm Cannon was arrested on a $12,400 bond and although she appeared to be dangerous to the community [black people] she was released later that evening by a white judge with few conditions. Her release was unopposed. Despite the egregious circumstances of shooting a teen in the head while she appeared to be under no imminent attack, prosecutors (apparently also white) only charged her with two counts of aggravated assault - as opposed to attempted murder or manslaughter. However, those charges could be upgraded if the teen dies.
A witness to the alleged shooting said Elisabeth Cannon, accused of wounding Marcus, had in the past used racial slurs when confronting people outside her house. Monday night's shooting happened at the edge of Cannon's property on Bloomfield Drive in south Macon after Cannon reportedly called the police about people throwing rocks at her house just north of Rocky Creek Road.
In speaking to The Telegraph four years ago, Cannon, a former nurse who is white, was asked what frustrates her about Macon and what concerns she has about her neighborhood.
“I have some really good black neighbors,” Cannon said.
Marcus, who is black, is believed to live nearby, said a young woman who lives a couple doors down and heard several gunshots Monday night.
In her 2013 interview with The Telegraph, Cannon went on to say: “But the good blacks won’t get onto the bad blacks. You try not to profile, but at the same time 99.9 percent of the crime is gonna be, most often, a black male. ... The good blacks are too busy. They walk by your house, they won’t give it a second look. ... You can tell if they’re just out walking for exercise or going to the store or whether they’re up to something.”
The NAACP is stunned that she’s been released so soon.
“I don’t think she should be out. I don’t think at this point…not in the critical stage that this young man is in. Especially her bond should not have been that low,” said NAACP President Gwenette Westbrooks.
Westbrooks is calling on Judge Randall to revisit the matter. She says just wants to ensure that the case is being handled fairly.
“People have aggravated assault charges that are still incarcerated from 2015. Bond is set so high where they can’t get out, so that’s a concern to me,” she explained.
Westbrooks told 41NBC that she and many others also have questions about whether Cannon’s bond was originally set at $12, 400 or reduced by the judge. She added that the NAACP is working on plans for how to approach the matter moving forward.