Family holds vigil for Johns Creek woman who was shot, killed by police

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — People gathered Saturday night to remember a woman also shot and killed by police just two weeks ago.

In the past 15 days, there have been 12 officer-involved shooting in Georgia.

The three sisters of Shukri Said stood next to one another holding back tears, as people in the community came together to remember her. Also in the mix, representatives from different faiths.

“This is an opportunity to show that we are present, that our community is present and certainly that goes across the different faiths,” Rabbi Micheal Bernstein said.

While the family didn't want to speak, a family spokesman Channel 2's Lauren Pozen that each day is a struggle for the sisters.

“Every morning at 7:10 a.m. she has an anxiety attack because that is the same time that she called police,” family attorney Ibrahim Awad said about one of the sisters.


Two Johns Creek police officers shot and killed Said on April 28. The officers were responding to a call about her.

Her family said the Somalian refugee suffered from bipolar disorder and was off her medication early that day when she grabbed a knife and left the home.

When police arrived, they said Said refused to drop her knife. After attempting to shock her with a stun gun and firing rubber bullets, two officers shot her.

Said’s death is among the 12 shootings in the last 15 days.

“How it is acceptable for this result of a woman being shot and killed when she is 5 feet 5 inches, under 150 pounds and four police officers respond to the scene along with two ambulances and two firetrucks. It just seems odd that should be acceptable,” Awad told Pozen.

Data from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that Channel 2 Action News obtained through an open records request shows Georgia is now on track to double its fatal officer-involved shootings from last year.

As for this case, the GBI is still investigating. The family members told Pozen they are awaiting dashcam video of the incident to be released.