Police identify suspect, victim in The WingHouse of Ocala shooting

Robert Bavle, 23, charged with second-degree murder

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager , Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

OCALA, Fla. - A man who was shot Sunday night during an argument at The WingHouse of Ocala has died, police said. 

The shooting was reported just before 10 p.m. at the restaurant on Silver Spring Boulevard, about five miles east of I-75.

Witnesses said two men, Jonathan Sullivan and Robert Bavle, got into an argument in the parking lot, when Bavle opened fire. 

A corrections officer enjoying a Father's Day meal with his family held Bavle at gunpoint until officers arrived, witnesses said.

"I saw a guy run in front of us, and the next thing you know we started hearing a popping noise. It kind of sounded like fireworks. I turned and saw what was going on, and a gentleman was shooting at another guy," corrections officer Matthew Boyd said.

Boyd said he and another man ordered the gunman to the ground.

Police said the victim Jonathan Sullivan sustained gunshot wounds to his chest, side and multiple ones to his back. 

Witnesses told police that Sullivan retreated after he was allegedly shot, and Bavle chased after him and continued to shoot. 

Witness told police that once Sullivan fell to the ground, Bavle stood over him and fired several more times at Sullivan. 

Officers said they found an empty semi-automatic .40 caliber handgun on the porch of the restaurant and 13 shell casings in the parking lot. 

Police took Bavle into custody, and he is charged with second-degree murder. 

Sullivan worked at EA Tiburon in Maitland, according to his Twitter bio. His coworkers took to social media Monday mourning his death.

A spokesperson for EA Sports confirmed that Sullivan was a gameplay tester working on the Madden NFL franchise.

Sullivan was known as "Sully" to his friends around the office, EA Sports publicists Brad Hilderbrand told News 6.

The gaming company released this statement about Sullivan's death:

“We are all shocked and deeply saddened by Jon Sullivan’s passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. Sully was a much-loved member of our team at EA Tiburon, and his presence will be sorely missed.”

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