Shooting victim says Police has it all wrong

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Updated: August 24, 2015

Last Friday Senior Superintendent of Police, Chester Williams called a press conference and told the media that 16 year old Mark Phillips was shot by his friend after they were reportedly waiting on their target. Chester said Phillips is known to police and is from the George Street Gang. Today, Phillips disputed William’s version of the incident saying that it was not his friend who shot him but a different individual.

Hipolito Novelo reporting…

“Sixteen year old Mark Phillips was wheeled to the entrance of the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital where he would give his side of a shooting incident that occurred on Thursday night. It happened in the compound of Queen Square Anglican Primary School. On Friday Senior Superintendent of Police Chester Williams told the media that Phillips was with two other individuals, and were armed with a .38 revolver and a 9mm pistol. According to Williams, the trio was lay waiting their target but when the time came, one of the firearms snapped and Phillips was accidentally shot. But that is not what Phillips told us today. His account of what happened differs from the police who according to Phillips have not even taken his statement. His story is that on Thursday night he was on his way to buy food when he was called by his friends inside the school compound.

Mark Phillips, Shooting Victim

“And then they yelled for me and I asked them what was up and they called me over but I told them to hold. I told my family to come with me because I had to take food and I could only stay with him because he is over 18 so him and I went into the school yard and he was texting on his phone and I went to see what they wanted and by the time I went to see what they wanted I all heard as a gun lock. When I heard that I saw my friends run. I ran too I heard the first shot and that first shot caught me and when I ran out of the school yard I shouted for my family and he helped me by dragging down the street to catch a taxi but none of those ended up passing so I ended up riding on a motorcycle. I got to the hospital and I lost a lot of blood.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News

Do you know who shot you?

Mark Phillips, Shooting Victim:

“Yeah I know who shot me, I saw the person’s face.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News:

Have police come and taken your statement?

Mark Phillips, Shooting Victim

“No police has come to take my statement as yet.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News

Where would you say that police would come up with that story or how would you say they came up with that story?

Mark Phillips, Shooting Victim

“They probably don’t like me or my friends because they claim us as Gaza men and we are not that.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News

 Why would the shooter want to kill you and your friends?

Mark Phillips, Shooting Victim

“I’m not really sure. I think one of my friend went through a back and forth with the guy that shoot me but the guy came for my friend but he didn’t catch him.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News

When Phillips jumped the fence, he landed in the yard of Joseph Nunez who corroborated his story and went further to claim that the investigating officers are only going on what a fellow police officer who lives in the area is telling them.

Joseph Nunez, Assisted Mark Phillips

“I was explaining to them that the shooters ran through the alley way toward Wesley School heading towards Los Cocos when in fact that is ludicrous, farfetched and in lay man terms the man told a lie on the young men. He came and he said that he saw all of them. If you shoot anybody why in the world would you be running in the house and watching tv? We are not dodo birds.

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News

Phillips family wants the police to set the record straight.

Kayla Sutherland, Aunt

“The police didn’t even come to ask us any questions, didn’t come to find out what happened from the family they just charged this young many Dwayne when he was at home with his girlfriend. They want to charge another one of the young men that ran away from the young man that was shooting. They said they will wait until my nephew comes out of the hospital to charge him and they aren’t doing anything. They say they’re playing with guns that doesn’t make any sense. If they were playing with guns only one gunshot would have gone off but that doesn’t make sense.”