A Providence, Rhode Island, mother whose teenage daughter was shot during a family member's kindergarten graduation party was clearly in no mood for reporters when approached by a news crew from the local ABC affiliate WLNE.
But Channel 6 News reporter Abbey Niezgoda, 24, persisted, and Melissa Lawrence decided to resort to violence in order to get her to leave.
A video of the incident, shot by Jackson, appears to edit out some interaction between Lawrence's response and the rock-throwing, so it is unclear how much time actually passed between the two moments.
Niezgoda claims the crew "started to leave" when Lawrence reemerged from her house holding a baseball bat.
The footage skips forward again to the moment Lawrence orders her two pit bull terriers to attack Niezgoda and Jackson.
The 24-year-old reporter is forced to drop her mic and flee from the dogs, but one apparently managed to leave a bite mark on her forearm.
Lawrence was later released on $50,000 bail and ordered to return for her hearing on August 8th.
As for Lawrence's daughter Ny'asia, she has been released from the hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound to the lower back, and is continuing her recovery at home.