A black FedEd driver in Mississippi said he was shot while delivering goods – that is, while doing his job – late last month. Two men are currently facing charges in connection with the matter.
That driver, 24 years old D’Monterrio Gibson, two assailants are said to have shot at him in Brookhaven, Miss. on January 24, 2021 as white. The employee’s attorney believes the case is a hate crime.
Resident Jackson, Miss. Described in detail the start of the supposed confrontation Mississippi Free Press last week. He said the incident involved a few people in a van and, eventually, someone standing in the street with a gun:
In my mind, I was thinking (the driver) was going to leave to go to the store or something like that, but then they got really close to me and started blowing their horns. I continued to leave the driveway. When I left the driveway, he started driving on the lawn and tried to cut me off. My instincts flare, I spin around him, and I start hitting the gas trying to get out of the vicinity because I don’t know what his intentions are.
I drove down about two or three houses. There was another guy standing in the middle of the street pointing a gun at my window and signaling me to stop with his hand, as well as saying the word “Stop”. I shook my head no, I hid behind the wheel, and I spun around him too. As I spun around him, he started shooting at my car.
“I’m hearing all the footage, and I’m just bowing because I don’t know if they’re going inside,” Gibson continued to explain. in an interview with the local NBC affiliate WLBT.
After indicating that he had escaped the fire, the driver said he had reached the end of the street and was trying to report the incident. Then his manager called.
“I was like, ‘they’re shooting at me,’ and she was like, ‘They’re shooting at you? ” I was like, ‘yes,” the driver recalled to the local TV station.
“Okay, get back to the station as soon as you can,” the manager then said, according to Gibson’s account inside Free press.
But that is reportedly not the end of it.
As he was about to leave the area, Gibson said he saw the same white pickup approaching again.
“I just go as fast as I can,” he said Free press. “He chased me all the way to the interstate.”
The vehicle he was driving – as well as several packages – is said to carry telltale evidence of bullet holes, under an account and photos provided by Gibson Free press. Gibson was reported Hertz rental van driver Shaft bearing”Hertz mark on the side. “The car was described in the local news as “Not an official FedEx truck,” though it could have been a replacement for a standard company car. Gibson was reported wearing his standard FedEx uniform while out.
Gibson said he then spoke with another manager, who said the company would report the incident to police the next morning. Instead of waiting, he reportedly called 911 himself – and was deemed suspicious by local authorities. Here’s how the driver said the interaction with local law enforcement took place:
I contacted the dispatcher and let him know what was going on, and I only had a chance to understand a bit of the story when he cut me off and he said, “Are you at this address?” I said yes. He’s like, “Wow, I just got a call from a suspicious person at this address.” I said, “Sir, I’m not a suspicious person, I work for FedEx. I’m just doing my job. “
I also let him know that they shot me, and he said, “Well, they didn’t tell me that.” Of course they won’t. … He told me to save the rest of my story, and he would write my name down and give it to my supervisor.
Gibson went with a FedEx manager to file a police report in person the next day. He said he was questioned by a police officer again if he had done anything to make his attackers suspicious.
The case of Gregory is believed to have driven the pickup truck. He was charged with conspiracy. his son, Brandon Box, is said to have fired the shots. He was charged with aggravated assault by shooting at an occupied vehicle.
The duo were arrested, charged and later released last Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
“We believe these are too light charges,” said Gibson’s attorney Carlos Moore told WLBT. “We believe this is a targeted murder. They have no legal justification for doing what they did. This man did nothing wrong and we believe it is racially motivated. “
“It’s sad when it happens,” Moore said Free press. “It seems to be a copy duo Ahmaud Arbery case . . . . They saw that this man was a black man, and they simply chased and shot him several times, at least the younger son. The older guy was trying to entice him. They worked collaboratively to try to capture and kill this man. I mean, they shot him several times. It’s amazing that he survived.”
Gibson went on to state that he believes the police department allowed the cases to unfold on their own for more than a week after the incident, and added that they likely involved Assistant Sheriff Brookhaven. Chris Case. Sheriff Brookhaven Kenneth Collins said Chris Case was never involved in the investigation and there was no familial relationship between the two defendants and his subordinates.
Collins also denied allegations of racism in the incident and said those who spread such ideas could be held criminally responsible.
“We won’t let outsiders in to try to stir it up,” sheriff Talk to Daily leadership. “Brookhaven is not a racist, prejudiced town. You cannot judge a town by the actions of two individuals”.
“People need to be careful what they post on social media,” he continued. “If someone is killed or injured because of what you post on social media, you will also be charged.”
The FBI and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are currently investigating the incident.
[images via Brookhaven Police Department]
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