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    Confederate Flag Incites Interracial Shooting
    Race; Posted on: 2009-04-26 13:36:42 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Free speech angers black student

    A Friday-night argument between two teenagers -- one white and one black -- over the Confederate flag ended with one in the hospital with a gunshot wound and the other in jail, facing felony charges.

    The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. in downtown Sarasota near Links and Main streets. The site is across from the Hollywood 20 movie theater and is a popular nighttime gathering spot for teenagers.

    According to police and eyewitness reports:

    Michael J. Mitchell, 18, a student at the Sarasota Military Academy, was with a group of friends when Dan A. Azeff, also 18 and a student at Sarasota High School and Sarasota County Technical Institute, walked by with another group.

    Azeff wore a hat with the Confederate symbol and carried a Confederate flag measuring about 5 feet by 3 feet.

    Mitchell and a friend questioned Azeff about the hat and flag, asking if he was a racist. Azeff told them no, he was just exercising free speech.

    The fight escalated and the groups exchanged racial slurs. Mitchell reportedly pulled out a handgun and shot Azeff once in the chest, then ran off.


    News Source: sfil

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