SANFORD, Fla. – A 23-year-old man was arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting of another man at The Barn in Sanford.
Police said Traveus D’Kamion Lemon was arrested on charges of attempted first-degree homicide and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon in the early Monday shooting at the popular bar on French Street near 13th Street.
Sanford police said Dezje Williams, 25, was wounded in the shooting, which was reported around 2 a.m. after a rap show at the bar.
Sanford police said on Tuesday that Williams was in stable condition at a hospital.
Sanford police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said Monday that the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was found in the parking lot of the business.
Williams told police that he "briefly encountered" Lemon earlier in the night. Williams said Lemon opened fire as Williams was walking toward his car, according to police.
An investigation led to Lemon's arrest.
Police initially believed the victim was a performer, but later said he might have been part of one of the performer's entourage.
Police said that in the past, Sanford police had its own officers working security, but in the last two months, the owners used a private company.
"We have continued to try to recommend they go back to using the Sanford Police Department in an off-duty capacity," said Gallett.
Scott Magowan and his partner have owned The Barn for about a year.
He describes Monday morning's scene as chaotic.
"We were trying to get people out of here, and suddenly we started hearing things. Somebody heard firecrackers going off. It wasn't firecrackers at all, as it turned out, " said Magowan.
Magowan says police collected 23 bullet casings.
Some of those bullets went through an air conditioner and parts of the back of the building.
But it's not the outside damage that has Magowan upset.
"What makes me angry is I don't like people coming here and not feeling safe," said Magowan.
Magowan said the promoter of Sunday's event brought in a total of 21 security personnel.
An additional four were staffed by the The Barn.
Even before people come inside the bar, Magowan says they're put through a number of security checks.
"They go through a metal detector. They're then wanded and patted down before they ever come in here," said Magowan.
Police are asking the public to come forward with any small detail related to the case.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police.
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