MIDDLETON, Wis. — A Wisconsin woman is accused of killing an employee of a car dealership on Monday over a dispute about a leased vehicle, authorities said.
According to a criminal complaint, Jakira T. Anderson, 23, of Fitchburg, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Kawsu Samba, 34, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
The shooting occurred at MSI Auto Sales in Middleton shortly after 1:30 p.m. CDT, according to WMTV.
"I wasn't trying to kill him, just scare (him) away and I didn't think I was going to hit him," Jakira Anderson told police, court documents state. https://t.co/jJjLPFDNrp— Wisconsin State Journal (@WiStateJournal) March 22, 2023
Police said that Anderson had been at the dealership for more than four hours. She wanted to either receive a refund or exchange the car she had leased for another vehicle, WISC-TV reported.
Police said the discussion “escalated” and Anderson allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Samba as he attempted to push her out of the building, WMTV reported.
Anderson told police in an interview that she had bought the gun legally and carried it in her waistband without a concealed carry permit, according to the State Journal. She added that she had not had the chance to register the weapon, the newspaper reported.
Anderson allegedly told police she took out the gun “to scare (Samba) back or something,” the newspaper reported.
“I wasn’t trying to kill him, just scare (him) away and I didn’t think I was going to hit him, I wasn’t even aiming or nothing,” she allegedly told Detective Daniel Jones.
Samba was taken to an area hospital where he died a short time later, the State Journal reported.
State Assistant Public Defender Adam Welch said that while Anderson left the scene after the shooting right, “there are also facts in the complaint suggesting that Miss Anderson felt threatened at that time and was afraid.” Welch added that Anderson surrendered and cooperated with police, the State Journal reported.
It is unclear from the complaint how long the confrontation lasted before Anderson allegedly shot Samba, WISC reported. In the criminal complaint, police said security footage showed Samba allegedly pushing Anderson, according to the television station. The complaint does not include any further information about what authorities saw in the footage.
Anderson appeared in court on Wednesday. Her bail was set at $1 million, the State Journal reported. Her next court appearance is scheduled for March 30, according to WISC.