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Watch: Florida Man Says Armed ATV Riders Opened Fire After Seeing Gay Kiss

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday February 13, 2020

An openly gay Florida man says that a same-sex kiss may have prompted a fusillade of bullets fired by a number of assailants riding all-terrain vehicles, reports local news station Channel 10.

Clive Khouri told the news station that he had kissed a male friend who was in his car with him just before the pack of ATVs swarmed his vehicle and the riders opened fire. The alleged attack occurred in a residential neighborhood in Miami-Dade County at about 7:30 on the evening of Feb. 11.

"When I tried to speed off to come around this corner, they kept trying to shoot, shoot, shoot," a tearful Khoury told Channel 10.

"Some of the guys probably saw us kissing in the car."

Khoury's friend was struck in the head and is in serious condition in the hospital, the report said.

There were other victims as well, including a 42-year-old woman named Shakena Jefferson, who was standing outside a private residence when the gunfire erupted. Her wife, Janet Medley, told the news channel that "Two bullets went straight off her head, and I was standing here by my daughter's car." Medley was slightly wounded in the hail of bullets.

Recalling the harrowing ordeal, Medley said, "The bullets were just flying across my ear. I can just hear them ringing in my ears."

Police said that as many as three ATVs went after Khoury's vehicle, with the riders firing away.

Watch the Channel 10 news clip below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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