A 20-year-old black woman in Louisiana said she was attacked yesterday by three men who doused her with lighter fluid and lit her on fire. She is in the hospital today in critical condition.
The victim of the attack, Sharmeka Moffitt (pictured), is awaiting surgery at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, La. Her mother, Edna Moffitt, said that surgery is scheduled for today.
“Both of her arms, and they are third degree burns, down her chest and legs – one,” Moffitt told a Louisiana TV station. “Basically her arms are real bad.”
At a news conference held just before noon yesterday, authorities confirmed Moffitt called 911 around 8 p.m. on Sunday, telling them she had been attacked and burned by three men in white hoodies. They said she was unable to identify her attackers or their race. Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb confirms that “KKK” was spray-painted on the hood of her car, with a racial slur underneath.
At this point, police are not classifying the incident as a hate crime, but FBI agents are there investigating the possibility of doing so.
Edna Moffitt confirmed that her daughter was not wearing an Obama t-shirt, as initial rumors on social media like Facebook and Twitter had suggested.