"John" (MMA style), 1221 TTL, not to be confused with witness #13 Jonathan.
Was watching TV with his fiance (w#17), didn't see how it started.
Heard someone yelling outside in the distance. He could only hear the helps with all doors and windows closed, thinks it might be kids or people having a good time.
Muted the TV, didn't hear anything for a second.
Heard it again, coming closer, getting louder. He mentions it moving from left to right.
He didn't have his patio door open, Looks out through the sliding glass door blinds, porch light is always on, it has a globe around it and is not a flood light, couldn't see out in the grass area very well, sees one person, thinks it might be a dog attack. the Black guy was on top is vertically (but he describes it as being horizontal, laying down) facing away from him. thinks people might just be fooling around. one might be holding the other down using both hands. they are struggling with their hands.
Fiance tells him not to open the door, but he opened the sliding glass door to see better.
Hears "Help, help, help" very clearly. Then notices the guy on the bottom. Seemed like he was pushing up, trying to get up. He was a lighter color, wearing red and white. This is when he knows it's serious, and a fight.
John yells at the two, telling them to stop.
"What's going on out there?"
"Help, help" came out again from the struggle, claimed on TV this person was calling directly to him.
He assumed at first it was the person on the bottom would be the one yelling for help because his logic says that. Later retracted. He says he couldn't see lips moving or tell who was yelling for help.
"Stop, get out of here."
They turned and moved onto the sidewalk with the black person on top, in control, straddling the legs of the other guy, with one leg on either side. It is getting more intense. At first John claims to Serino that there was a MMA style ground and pound by TM. Later retracted. It was too dark. He only saw when they were in an altercation on the ground. while they were hand wrestling. Doesn't see anything in their hands. Does not hear any punching, or head banging sounds.
They are still wrestling so he tells them, "I'm gonna call 911."
He turns around. He goes inside (didn't see how it ended).
Tells his fiance to get off the phone and get upstairs.
Goes back and locks the door.
They are about to make their way upstairs.
7:16:56 hears shot go off.
Ran upstairs to call 911,
7:18:00 calls 911 "They're wrestling right in the back of my porch"
Says "Holy sh*t" because the guy who had previously been on top was lying face down in a sprawled position in the grass not moving.
Sees the first flashlight of a neighbor coming around the corner. The one who had been on the bottom had his hands in the air. The guy who did the shooting said, “I shot the other guy in self defense. My gun is on the ground.”
After the incident, he saw two people out there with flashlights. One was a cop.
He talked with his next door neighbors that night.
He also spoke to the media. This one changed from seeing a fight to not seeing or hearing any fighting. I think it is becoming clear that the two were both laying horizontal struggling about the gun. I think this was not for possession of the gun but rather the use of the gun. I think the gun was what caused the terrified cries for help, not the fight. So, the gun "wrestling" starts with the cries. It is already going on when John looks out.
It's clear that John was outside at least in his porch area. He may deny it but other witnesses indicate he was.