Louisiana Woman Says She Was Set On Fire And Slurred By KKK (UPDATED – Police Say Wounds Self-Inflicted)
Submitted by Cheston Catalano
UPDATE: KTBS 3 News reports “that the wounds of Sharmeka Moffitt, the Winnsboro woman who was burned Sunday are reportedly self-inflicted.”
Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old African-American woman, told police she was was set on fire and the letters “KKK” were written on her car.
[She] made an emergency call to police on Sunday night claiming three men wearing white hoods or hats attacked her, doused her with flammable liquid and set her on fire at a park in Winnsboro, La., CBS News reports. Moffitt, who said she was unable to identify the race of her attackers, was able to extinguish the fire with a water spigot before police arrived.
Officers found the letters “KKK,” an apparent reference to the Ku Klux Klan, written on the hood of her car, according to CBS News. “KKK” was smeared on her hood in a paste-like substance.
Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb confirmed that “KKK” was written on the hood of Moffitt’s car with a racial slur underneath, WMBF News reports.
Moffitt is currently in critical condition at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, according to the station. “Both of her arms, and they are third degree burns, down her chest and legs – one. Basically her arms are real bad,” her mother, Edna, told the media. Edna also denied initial reports that claimed her daughter was wearing an Obama T-shirt at the time of the attack.
So far, there are no suspects.