Jerome Scott, 40, was murdered by his cellmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution on Feb. 12. Scott shot four people in 2010 and one of his victims spoke to WITI to discuss the impact he had on her life.
Alice Ewing was 35 weeks pregnant when Scott shot her. Her daughter Shaniyah, now four, was born with a gunshot wound. “That’s a blessing she made it through. The bullet went in her back, out her stomach and in her leg,” Ewing said.
On March 1, 2010, Ewing was in “the wrong place at the wrong time.” She was with a friend at a party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but her friend allegedly stole money from Scott.
“He told the girl to come here. She didn’t want to talk to him, so she got in the car with us. Once she got in the car with us, that’s when he just shot it up. Me and her both was trying to climb out the car but I realized I couldn’t move because I was shot in my leg so I just played dead,” Ewing said.
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Ewing was shot four times and forced into premature labor. "That day was the worst day of my life. Horrifying,” Ewing said.
Despite that awful night, Ewing was sympathetic when she learned Scott had been strangled to death. During the trial, Ewing learned he was partially deaf and had several items stolen from him during the party.
“I felt that he had just reached his peak. I'm not happy that this happened to him. I feel sorry for him, his family and what they have to go through. He deserved to be in jail, but he didn’t deserve to die,” Ewing said.
Scott was sentenced to 36 years in prison after shooting four people at that party.