Black Florida Mother Of Four Fatally Shot By Neighbor Over Her Children Playing

OCALA, Fla.- – According to Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods in a news conference Monday, a Florida mother was shot in front of her 9-year-old child by a neighbor.

Ajike Owens, 35, went to the door of her white female neighbor to address that the woman took her child’s iPad, threw it at him, and cracked the screen.

Police respond to what was labeled as a trespassing call, they found the mother of four suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died.

“I wish our shooter would have called us instead of taking actions into her own hands,” Woods said. “I wish Ms. Owens would have called us in the hopes we could have never gotten to the point at which we are here today.”

Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump made it clear that the white woman yelled racial slurs at Owen’s children in a prior confrontation,  before shooting and killing their mother.

Attorney Anthony D. Thomas, the family’s attorney said, “We need an arrest.” Thomas continues, “Make no mistake about it. We do support our sheriff. But at the same time, we want him to do the job that he promised that he would do, and we want swift justice.”

The Sheriff did mention that since 2021, deputies responded to over half a dozen calls in regards to a feud. Although the shooter has been identified, no arrest has been made yet.