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Susan Lorincz arrested for shooting neighbor

BY Anas Shah Jun 07, 2023. 04:09 pm UPDATED: Jun 07, 2023. 04:09 pm

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A Florida woman who shot and killed her neighbor after a long argument over the victim’s kids playing outside was detained and charged late Tuesday, according to authorities.

Ajike “AJ” Owens was shot and killed on Wednesday, according to Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods in a video uploaded on Facebook just after midnight. Susan Lorincz, 58, was detained and charged with manslaughter in the incident.

The gunman in the racially heated case was not immediately apprehended despite rallies asking for his or her capture.

But sheriff officials originally were hesitant to charge Lorincz as detectives sorted out whether or not she acted in self-defense in accordance with the Sunshine State’s stand-your-ground laws.

“Ms. Lorincz’s fate is now in the hands of the judicial system, which I trust will deliver justice in due course,” Woods said in a statement.

“As I go to bed tonight, I will be saying a prayer for Ms. Owens’ children and the rest of her family. I’d ask all of you to do the same.”

Susan Lorincz

Owens, a 35-year-old mother of four, was killed in Ocala on Friday night through her neighbor’s door in what Woods claimed was the conclusion of a 2.5-year dispute at an apartment complex.

According to Woods on Monday, Owens had gone to her neighbors’ house after the lady shouted at her kids as they played in a nearby lot. The sheriff had previously said that the neighbor had also thrown a pair of skates that struck one of the kids.

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Woods told Fox 35 that investigators had to get the full picture of what happened, including talking to the victim’s four kids, before an arrest was made.

“And we got a bigger picture, the full picture. And my detectives wanted to make sure that we closed all the loopholes, so she would not have the defense of using the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, and this is not stand your ground,” the sheriff told FOX 35.

“Let me make that clear – this was not ‘stand your ground.’ It was an unjustified shooting.”

According to the sheriff’s office, Lorincz is accused of culpable negligence and manslaughter with a handgun. According to Woods, the station was charged with culpable negligence because minors were there as the offense was being committed.

According to the station, Lorincz is also accused of assault and violence against Owens’ children during the earlier fight before to the shooting.

In the press release reporting the arrest, the sheriff’s office stated that the shooter claimed she fired the gun in self-defense and charged Owens with attempting to break down the door.

According to civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, who is defending Owens’ family and previously represented Travon Martin’s family in a historic case in 2012, the shooter, who is white, allegedly hurled racist epithets at Owens’ children, who are black.

Following Crump’s claims that were made prior to the arrest, authorities have not yet confirmed whether any insults were shouted or if race was a factor in the shooting.

According to a police report acquired by WKMG, all of Owens’ children, who range in age from 2 to 12, were there when officers arrived at the site of the shooting.

According to the sheriff’s office, Lorincz hurled a roller skate during an altercation with the young children and it struck a 10-year-old boy. She allegedly opened her door and swung an umbrella at the child and his 12-year-old brother when they approached the door, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Prior to the arrival of the EMTs, Smith sprinted to the house and began applying chest compressions on Owens. She said that there had been no altercation and that the mother was not armed.

According to Smith, the neighbor “was always upset that the kids were playing there.” “She would criticize them harshly. Just awful.

Smith remarked that the area is “family friendly” and that the shooter’s justification for his actions is “outrageous.”

Woods said that since January 2021, deputies responded at least a half-dozen times in connection with the feuding between Owens and the shooter.

“My baby was so full of life. She was a single mother of four,” Owens’ mother, Pamela Dias, said during a news conference on Monday.

 

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