EUSTIS, Fla. - A gunman who authorities say stalked and fatally shot a store clerk at a Lake County auto parts store was shot and killed Wednesday morning by law enforcement officers.
Gilberto Roman Rivera was fatally shot by officials about 10 a.m. Wednesday near a 7-Eleven in Eustis, about two-and-a-half hours after Roman opened fire inside a nearby Advance Discount Auto Parts at 2010 N. State Road 19.
Lake County deputies said Roman, 57, shot and killed 54-year-old Rose Nelson, the woman who a day before reported a stalker to Eustis police. Another clerk, Trina Perkins, was shot and airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center. She is currently in stable condition, police said.
Local 6 spoke to Nelson's stepson, who says his family doesn't know of anything that could have triggered the shooting.
"There was nothing but love and when I tell there was nothing but love, there was nothing but love," said Ivan Hubbard. "There was nothing that could have triggered this."
Deputies said Nelson called police on Tuesday saying she was being stalked by Roman. She filed a report with Eustis police and provided Roman's first name. She was scheduled to come in Wednesday afternoon to identify Roman in a photo lineup, but police said before she got the chance, he shot and killed her.
Victor Rivas, a friend of Roman, said Roman referred to Nelson as his girlfriend.
Deputies said Roman arrived at the 7-Eleven next door to the Advanced Auto Parts, got a cup of coffee and confronted Nelson when the store opened at 8 a.m.
Eustis police and Lake County Sheriff's deputies searched a wooded area for Roman, who was later found near the 7-Eleven. As officers approached him, a gunfight broke out, and Roman was shot and killed, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.
Local 6 spoke to Nelson's mother, who said her daughter was well-liked and spent her free time as a bookkeeper at the Mount Zion Baptist Church.
"She had a good heart, she just smiled all the time," said Mary Armstrong. "She never bothered nobody."
In 1999, Roman tried to kill his ex-wife by burning down her home in Mount Plymouth, according to records. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was on probation when he shot Nelson.
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