INGLEWOOD, USA, Mon. Feb. 22, 2016–Kisha Michael, 31, who has identified herself on her Google+ profile as a “Belizean woman with 3 handsome boys,” was gunned down in a double shooting which happened in Inglewood, California on Sunday morning.
Affiliates of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which has been leading a “Black lives matter” campaign, vowed at a news conference held at the site of the shooting today to monitor the investigation from beginning to end. An NAACP civil rights activist, Najee Ali, said that the question to be asked is not whether Michael had a gun or not, but whether she was a threat to the officers accused of killing her.
Kisha’s identical twin sister, Trisha Michael, said at the NAACP news conference that Kisha never owned a gun and she believes that the cops are not telling them the whole story.
“She is a good mother. She changed her life. She had some run-ins with the police, but that don’t have nothing to do with her being gunned down,” Trisha said.
She said that her heart is broken, and after having cried her heart out, there are no more tears.
“Now she left three kids behind, with my family and her close friends that are here today, we all have their backs,” she added.
Michael said that the police went to their house and spoke to her mom about the incident.
“What they told my mom is that they found her in the car, dead. They didn’t say she got shot…. They said they found her body, and they don’t know what happened and they are… investigating it,” the sister recounted.
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In a statement released on Sunday, Inglewood police, which describes the incident as an “officer involved shooting,” said that at 3:11 that morning, “uniformed Inglewood police officers responded to a call of an occupied vehicle that was stopped, facing westbound in the #2 lane of traffic, at the intersection of Manchester Blvd. and Inglewood Ave.”
A report on NBC4 out of California said that the shooting actually took place after the police first responded, but no one has explained what transpired during that hour.
In their account, police said that when they arrived on the scene, they saw the female occupant of the car, later identified as Michael, armed with a gun.
“The officers then took a position of cover and ordered the occupants to exit the vehicle” the police said, adding that “an officer involved shooting then occurred.” The release did not explain what prompted the cops on the scene to unleash their gunfire.
“I heard gunshots. They woke me up and it was pretty heavy duty. I looked out the window and hesitated to come out, because I saw the helicopter flying – didn’t know what was going on,” resident Rowland Anderson said, according to a report carried by Inglewood Today.
Anderson added that he eventually went outside and then saw the flashing lights of police cruisers.
Eyewitnesses told KTLA5 that they heard what sounded like firecrackers.
“I heard gunshots — like, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow — multiple gunshots,” said one woman. “More than six rounds.”
The two people who were inside the Chevy Malibu car—Michael and an unidentified man—were fatally shot. Michael died at the scene while the man died later at the hospital.
Police said that they immediately recovered a firearm at the scene, and it was secured as evidence, they added.
Kisha Michael’s sons are ages 11, 10, and 3.