US woman says men set her on fire in racial attack
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 20-year-old black woman said she was set on fire by three men who wrote the initials KKK and a racial slur on her car in northeastern Louisiana, police said on Monday.
Officers found Ms Sharmeka Moffitt with burns on more than half of her body when they responded to her emergency call on Sunday night, said Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis.
The FBI is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime, but no arrests had been made as of late Monday, Lt Lewis said. She said Ms Moffitt was in critical condition at a hospital and that some of her injuries were third-degree burns.
Ms Moffitt told police the men doused her in a flammable liquid and set her on fire at a park in Winnsboro, a town in Franklin Parish. Lt Lewis said she extinguished the fire using water from a spigot before a police officer arrived.