Deputies seek Pine Hills shooting suspect

Deputies: Shooter may have ongoing conflict with victim


PINE HILLS, Fla. – Orange County investigators are looking for a man they say shot another man outside a home in Pine Hills Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies said the shooting was reported on the 1200 block of St. James Road.

Investigators said the man they are looking for confronted a 15-year-old and pulled a gun on him. They said he didn't shoot but then ran a couple blocks over to St. James Road and opened fire on two men who pulled up in a Crown Victoria.

One of those men, a 23-year-old, was shot and taken to ORMC in stable condition. Investigators said the second man chased after the gunman with a beer bottle as the gunman ran toward his own home.

Investigators surrounded the gunman's home for hours, believing the shooter may be inside.

"I don't know nothing. I just got a phone call saying my brother shot somebody and I don't know why," one woman, who did not want to give her name, told Local 6.

Deputies had St. James Road blocked off for hours while they tried to determine if the armed man was barricaded inside his house. People who live on the street were not allowed to go to their homes.

"I went to go get my daughter from day care. I came back and the police was everywhere and I was like, 'Well, can I go home? Because I just left my house,' and they were like, 'No. Where do you stay?' I said, '1243 Saint James,' and they was like, 'No, because the suspect just ran through your house,'" another woman, who did not want to be identified, told Local 6.

After several hours of surrounding the home and pleading with the man to come out with his hands up, investigators went in and found an empty home.

Deputies said they believe there is an ongoing conflict between the shooter and man who was shot.