Friends describe moments before Jordan Davis died

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  • Michael Dunn is charged with first-degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis
  • 'When I reached and touched him, blood appeared on my fingers... He was gasping for air,' said Leland Brunson
Tevin Thompson was inside the vehicle when Jordan Davis was shot and killed.

Watch: Opening statements in 'loud music' murder trial

Watch: Opening statements in 'loud music' murder trial

In the moments leading up to Jordan Davis' death, the 17-year-old was doing what many teen boys do -- hanging out and picking up girls -- according to three friends who testified Friday about the harrowing seconds before and after Davis was fatally shot November 23, 2012, during a dispute over loud music.

Michael Dunn has admitted to killing Davis in self-defense and is currently on trial in Jacksonville, Florida. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder related to the three teens who were in the vehicle with Davis and survived the shooting.

Those three men -- Tevin Thompson, Leland Brunson and Tommie Stornes -- took the stand on Friday, the second day of the trial, and each offered a very similar version of events when recounting what happened the evening Davis died.

The witnesses testified that they got together midday and made a stop at the Town Center Mall in Jacksonville, where they spent about an hour or two. Before moving on to their next destination -- the Avenues Mall -- they stopped at a gas station for cigarettes and gum.

Watch: Opening statements in 'loud music' murder trial

"We didn’t want our breath to be stinking," Brunson said, explaining that their main goal was to find girls. Stornes, the owner and driver of the red Dodge Durango the teens were in that night, went in to make the purchases while the other three stayed in the car. They all agreed the mood was "happy."

While Stornes was inside, a black sedan pulled up close to the right side of their vehicle. A woman -- Dunn's girlfriend -- got out of the car and went inside the store. The teens were playing rap music and “it was pretty loud," according to Brunson. Thompson said the music was so loud it vibrated the windows and mirrors of the Durango.

Dunn, the driver of the vehicle next to them, made a request.

"He said, 'Can you turn the music down? I can’t hear myself think,'" Brunson said.

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Thompson, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, turned the music down, but said that Davis, who was behind him, said, "F*** that n***r -- turn it back up."

So Thompson turned it back up -- not as loud as before, but Thompson said it was still pretty loud. That's when things started to get heated, according to the teens.

They said they couldn't hear everything Dunn and Davis said to each other after that. At one point, Brunson, who was sitting next to Davis in the back, saw Davis point his finger at Dunn and tell Dunn, "F*** you." He also said Dunn asked Davis, "Are you talking to me?" and that Davis responded, "Yeah, I'm talking to you."

Brunson saw Dunn reach into his glove box, grab a gun and cock it. At this point, Stornes returned to the vehicle and, according to he, Brunson and Thompson, the other teens told him they needed to get out of there.

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What happened next happened quickly, said the teens. Dunn, according to Brunson, "aimed [the gun] out his window… towards Jordan’s window… he started firing.”

As they backed away, they said they heard additional shots being fired. Thompson said he tried to take cover while Brunson said, “I tried to pull [Davis] down but when I pulled him down he just fell into my lap.”

Stornes drove away from the gas station but said he stayed within the connecting parking lot. He said he stopped the vehicle so they could check on Davis.

“I called his name but he didn’t respond so I checked his body to see if he was hit," Brunson explained. “I just patted him down, his upper body... When I reached and touched him, blood appeared on my fingers... He was gasping for air."

The teens drove the vehicle back to the gas station so they could get help. Bystanders pulled Davis out and begin CPR.

During his cross-examinations of the men, defense attorney Cory Strolla asked them about Dunn's demeanor when he was requesting their music be turned down, and all three said Dunn was calm. Brunson also said Davis told him, "I’m tired of people telling me what to do," before getting "extremely upset."

Strolla pressed the men about whether Davis made an attempt to exit the vehicle. Brunson said Davis did grab for the door handle at one point, but that he never left. Stornes also said he recalled his vehicle having a child lock set for the back doors so Davis wouldn't have been able to get out on his own.

Strolla also suggested there may have been time for a weapon to be dumped after the teens pulled away from the gas station. But the men insisted they had no weapons and that their main focus was on their wounded friend. Investigators have also said they never found any weapons inside the vehicle.

In an interview with police less than 24 hours after the incident, Dunn told the authorities he wasn't looking for trouble.

"I've never been so scared in my life," he said, insisting he had acted in self-defense after seeing either a shotgun barrel or a stick in the SUV.

Strolla said in his opening statement Thursday that it wasn't just the threat of a weapon that had scared Dunn -- that Davis also allegedly told him, "I'm going to f***g kill you... You're dead, b***h. This is going down now."

Dunn's trial isn't expected to last past February 14 -- two days before what would have been Davis' 19th birthday -- according to John Phillips, an attorney for Davis’ family. A jury of 10 females and six males -- which includes 12 jurors and four alternates -- have been selected to determine Dunn's fate.

Testimony is scheduled to resume Saturday at 9 a.m. ET. If convicted, Dunn faces up to life in prison.

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