A black woman in New Orleans, Louisiana told police she was set on fire by three men who wrote the initials KKK and a racial slur on her car.
Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis says that police responded to a 911 call in Citivan Park from 20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt, saying she had been attacked and burned by 3 men in white hoodies. Moffitt told police that she was doused in a flammable liquid by 3 men who she says then set her on fire in the park. The alleged victim then said she was able to extinguish the flames herself before help arrived. She was found with burns covering more than half of her body Sunday night.
Moffitt was listed in critical condition Monday at an area hospital, with 3rd degree burns on both arms, down her chest, and one leg. She is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. Police spokeswoman says the FBI is assisting in investigating the attack, but not as a possible hate crime. No arrests had been made as of late Monday but security has been tightened in the park as a result of the incident.
Police did confirm that the letters “KKK” were spray painted on the victims’ car with a racial slur underneath. News reports also state that despite social media reports that Moffitt was wearing an Obama t-shirt at the time of the alleged attack, that information is untrue.