journalist killed in Haiti, Maxiben Lazarre,
Local journalist Maxiben Lazarre is assisted after being shot while covering a protest, before he died on the way to a hospital, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 23, 2022. REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol REFILE - QUALITY REPEAT

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Minutes after a motorcycle taxi driver was injured after being hit by a marked police vehicle on Airport Road on Feb. 23, a group of textile workers demonstrating nearby for better pay spotted the same type of vehicle there — a Toyota Land Cruiser. The demonstrators began throwing rocks and yelling at the vehicle’s occupants. 

Journalist Sony Laurore was just about to record the scene on his phone but he noticed a masked police officer in the vehicle’s backseat, aiming a rifle at the crowd. The Laurore TV News reporter dove for cover, but not fast enough to avoid the bullet that grazed his forearm, leaving him bloodied. 

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.