The teenage girl of the ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ duo who wielded an AK-47 assault rifle in a 35-minute shootout with police on Tuesday had shared details of her fractured family life in a series of YouTube videos posted last year, Dailymail .com may reveal.
Nicole Jackson, 14, and foster home friend Travis O’Brien, 12, repeatedly opened fire on Florida sheriff’s officers after breaking into a home and finding three weapons – in scenes captured in dramatic images of police bodies and helicopter cameras.
Video shows her crying and whining in pain after being shot in the chest and arm as she refused to put down a shotgun aimed at officers.
The boy was then seen walking out of the house in Deltona about 30 seconds after being hit with his hands in the air.
While questions are being raised about what drove Jackson to fire on the police, Dailymail.com can provide insight into her troubled history and state of mind.
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Nicole Jackson, 14, and Travis O’Brien, 12, are charged with breaking into a Volusia County home on Tuesday night and opening fire on officers during a 30-minute standoff that ended with the girl being shot
DailyMail.com can reveal that the teenage girl had a YouTube channel where she shared details about her life in foster care
She started a short-lived YouTube channel last April, about 12 months after she said she was admitted to care.
The teen – who is now in stable condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital, Orlando – claimed in video blogs that her problems started when she was just seven when she was “sent to Halifax” for her “destructive” behavior.
Jackson disappeared along with O’Brien from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home before the Tuesday night shooting.
It was one of the many “group homes” for troubled and orphaned teenagers she’d lived in—and she admitted she’d run away from most of them.
Revealing that she was born in Puerto Rico, the teen said in one of the 19 videos on her channel: “When I was a little kid, I was really, really destructive. I’d hit my walls.’
She continued incoherently, without clearly explaining the circumstances, “They sent me to Halifax (the Daytona, Florida area) and I was probably about seven.”
In another video, she said, “As you know, I’m actually in a group house. It’s a very sad story. I actually just got into the system.’ She didn’t say which house she was in.
Jackson spoke candidly in a video titled “My life story, I hope you enjoy it.” She claimed her problems started when she was only seven when she was ‘sent to Halifax’ for her behavior
In other short videos she posted, she showed off cheap jewelry and makeup just like any other quintessential young girl—a stark contrast to the gunman she appeared to be in Tuesday night’s gunfight.
The girl continued: ‘I just turned 13 February and in (last) May I was also in a group house… I kept getting thrown out of my group houses.
“For some reason I would run away because I was depressed. If you guys know what a group home is, tell me how you feel.
“So I was in a group home when I was 12. My first group home was Choices, my second group home was Unity… it wasn’t a group home, the third was like a shelter. ‘
‘I ran away from all the group houses. I got into so many fights,’ she added.
“It was bad. It’s really sad. I’ve been thinking about telling you what’s wrong with me for two days now.’
She revealed that she had been in the house where she was shooting the video for seven months.
She also spoke positively and expressed her optimism for the future in the community of young girls between the ages of 13 and 17.
Jackson continued, “These are like my family. Group homes are not what you think they are.
“They’re trying to make you better. I plan to spend my life here instead of going to an adoptive family. I’m the youngest girl here.’
Authorities have released footage of the 30-minute standoff that ended when Jackson was shot and the 12-year-old boy was forced to surrender. The boy is pictured above with his arms in the air as he walks towards the police
The standoff that only ended when the girl was shot coming out of the garage pointing her gun at officers. She is pictured above next to the blue trash can after being shot
Referring to another girl, she said, “Yesterday was her birthday. We have cheese cake. It’s not like you think a group home is, it’s not like where they beat you with sticks.
‘No, I used to think that too. But I was terrified when I got to the group house.
‘But I’m not going to lie, when I was taken away I was so happy, I don’t know why. Because I thought I would just be taken away and come back to my mother.’
In other short videos she posted, the teen flaunts cheap jewelry and makeup just like any other quintessential young girl — a stark contrast to the gun-toting mobster she appeared to be during Tuesday night’s gunfight.
Jackson and O’Brien, referred to as a young Bonnie and Clyde by Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood, are charged with attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary.
O’Brien first appeared in juvenile court on Thursday and remained silent the entire time.
The girl could be heard screaming in pain as aerial footage showed her on the ground (above) after being hit
After the boy was taken into custody, officers could be seen running to treat the injured girl. Jackson was eventually taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery. She is now in the stable
A judge ordered him to be arraigned on June 23. Jackson is recovering from surgery for her injuries and has yet to appear in court.
The couple are accused of breaking into the house while the owner had gone to a nearby supermarket.
They allegedly found the AK-47, a shotgun and a pistol in the house, along with 200 rounds of ammunition, which the owner said had been carefully hidden.
Police arrived on the scene after a passer-by heard around 7:30 p.m. that glass had been smashed. They called the owner, who said he was gone and that there were several weapons in the property.
As officers approached the house, they saw two figures and shouted. Then the children started shooting, the police report said.
Jackson is said to have told O’Brien, in a reference to the violent video game Grand Theft Auto, “I’m going to roll this down like GTA.”
A cop took cover behind a tree and recorded on his bodycam and said: Standby. “She’s got the AK and the shotgun. She wraps it around her neck.’
His commanding officer hears replies, “Hey guys, stay behind a hard cover. Let’s not shoot these kids, man. Just… let’s hold the fire. Take our time.’
Before the girl was shot, the Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies shouted over their radios that the girl was standing by a door with an AK-47 and shotgun.
The officer then said, “10-4. They shoot me. She repacks a bullet in the shotgun.’
Moments later, with his gun pointed at the house, the officer calmly said to himself, “Don’t make me do this, don’t do this.”
Authorities said the children filed multiple rounds with the officers four times in the space of 30 minutes and from different vantage points around the house.
The stalemate ended when Jackson left the garage and began to take cover behind a parked silver car.
She pointed the shotgun at officers and ignored warnings to put the weapon down before being shot.
Police videos show officers running towards them to provide life-saving assistance, while O’Brien emerged from the garage with the AK-47.
A TV reporter later counted 11 bullet holes in the vehicle that Jackson attempted to use as cover.
Immediately after, Sheriff Chitwood said: “Deputies made every effort to de-escalate tonight and they nearly lost the lives of a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old.
“It wasn’t for their training and their supervision… someone would have died. They took rounds—several, several rounds—until they had no choice but to shoot back.”