Someone has stepped up, reporting to have witnessed last month’s shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old whose death has sparked nationwide controversy. The witness detailed to CNN the Florida incident from what initially sounded like an argument to its fatal conclusion.
“It would have to be starting with hearing voices, but not seeing, and then, after the voices, opening a window and then seeing — with two men or two people on the ground, one on top of each other,” the witness, who has asked not to be identified, even by gender, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the February 26 incident in a gated community in Sanford, Florida.
The witness reported hearing through a closed window voices from an area where residents typically walk their dogs. “I thought it was rather loud, but I had just shut my window because it had just started pouring out rain,” the witness said. “And then I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, who’s out there walking their dog in the rain?’ ”
But the witness did not immediately look outside to see what the commotion was about, according to the account. “I went and did something else, and then I heard the loud voices again,” said the witness, who reported opening the window. “It definitely was a very loud, predominant voice,” the witness said. “I couldn’t hear the words but it was like, OK, this is not a regular conversation. This is someone aggressively, you know, yelling at someone.”
The witness recounted seeing two men on the grass, one on top of the other. “And at that point, not looking out the window, I heard the yell for help, one yell for help, and then I heard another … excruciating type of yell. It didn’t almost sound like ‘help.’ It just sounded so painful. But I wasn’t watching out the window during that. And then the next time I looked out the window, there’s the same thing: two men on the grass, one on top of each other. I couldn’t see a lot of movement. It was very dark, but I felt like they were scuffling. And then I heard the gunshots, which, to me, were more like pops than they were like a bang.”
The witness recalled hearing more than one shot. “It definitely was more than one pop noise, so I don’t know if it was an echo or anything else. But it definitely made more than one pop.”