Trailer park evacuated when resident shoots randomly
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent November 13, 2012 3:02PM
Jawana Parker. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: December 15, 2012 6:22AM
PORTAGE — Five juveniles were in a trailer home with Jawana Parker, 28, when she allegedly fired a shotgun through an exterior wall and into a neighbor’s trailer at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
Another neighbor called police after hearing the gunshot and seeing three girls run out the front door and two boys climb out a bedroom window of the home on Bass Drive, on the north side of Portage. Seeing the witness outside, the youths ran into her home across the street, although one of the girls first went back for her shoes and phone.
The girl later told police that as she grabbed her things, she heard Parker say, “I got something for you.” She then saw the woman sitting on the hallway floor, pointing the gun toward her. The girl ran and she did not hear the second shot until she was in the neighbor’s house.
Neither shot was aimed toward the trailer’s door or across the street where the children had fled, however. Police said both gunshots made large holes in the trailer’s east wall and continued into the home next door where Kevin Johnson, 36, was watching television and Greg Johnson, 39, was sleeping. Kevin Johnson said it sounded like a M-80 firecracker when one shot struck the roofline and the other entered the trailer near the main door and also did damage in the kitchen, according to the police report. It is unknown which shot came first, but if the lower one was second, it would have come very close to striking Kevin Johnson as he went to the front door to see what was happening.
The girl at whom Parker allegedly pointed the gun police the woman had been drinking alcohol and yelling at the girl’s brother, herself and their friends all day and threatening to hit them with a fishing pole. Parker had been in the back bedroom when first blast came from that room, while the girls were in the kitchen and boys in another bedroom.
Parker’s relationship with the children was unclear, although the police report indicated she lives at the address with the siblings and their father, 51, who was not at home at the time. The other children were friends.
Officers evacuated residents of nearby trailers to a safe zone as police unsuccessfully attempted to contact Parker using a public address system. A S.W.A.T. team took her into custody and removed two shotguns and a revolver from the home.
Parker was arrested on two preliminary charges of felony criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, but additional charges are expected.