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Documents unveil new details in fatal shooting after Mount Dora rave

Deputies: 24-year-old man charged in shooting death of Orlando man, 21

Rashad Bishop Charles Findley, 24, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Lake County Jail, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Rashad Bishop Charles Findley, 24, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Lake County Jail, according to the Sheriff's Office. (Photo courtesy of LCSO)

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Documents from the Lake County Sheriff's Office shed light on new details in a shooting that left one man dead and another injured last month after a rave in Mount Dora.

Rashad Bishop Charles Findley, 24, is being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Steven Charlostin, according to an arrest affidavit.

Deputies said both men were shot near Sheridan Road around 2:30 a.m. July 22, after attending a nearby rave party.

Charlostin was found dead in the driver's seat of a car that had been reported stolen out of Tampa, deputies said. The car was still running and in gear, with Charlostin's right foot on the gas and brake pedal, the affidavit said. Deputies put the car in park and turned it off when they arrived. Deputies said the seat Charlostin was sitting in was reclined far enough so that someone could not have been sitting in the seat behind him.

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An autopsy revealed that Charlostin had been shot twice in the head, according to the affidavit. The medical examiner's office said the bullets were believed to have come from the back right of the vehicle, the affidavit revealed. A Glock, which had bullets inside that matched those that killed Charlostin, was found on the floor board of the rear passenger seat, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Office said that Findley was found with gunshot wounds, on a driveway next to the vehicle. A blood trail leading from the vehicle to where he was lying on the driveway was also visible, deputies said. 

A .45-caliber projectile was found resting next to Findley on the driveway, according to the affidavit. Detectives said Findley had been shot in the chest twice, but the gun that fired the bullets had not been recovered, the affidavit revealed.

Ten .45-caliber bullets had been removed from the vehicle and deputies determined that they had been shot from the front passenger said, the document read. 

Deputies said there were no bullet holes on the outside of the car going into it.

Detectives obtained surveillance video July 26 from a Pine Hills 7-Eleven gas station that showed Findley in the same type of vehicle four hours before the shooting, according to the affidavit. Deputies said the video showed Findley wearing the same clothes he had on when they found him in the driveway.

The Sheriff's Office said someone was believed to have been in the front passenger seat because that door was left open when deputies arrived at the scene of the shooting. The .45 caliber firearm that fired several bullets inside the car had not been found. A witness also told detectives that a man was seen jogging west from the vehicle on Sheridan Road, according to the affidavit. Deputies said he fled before authorities could arrive.

Deputies said Findley, who is a known gang member with multiple felony arrests, refused to identify the person who shot him, and instead said he would "take care" of the shooter, the report said.

After collecting and reviewing evidence, deputies said they determined that Findley shot and killed Charlostin.

In addition to the second-degree murder charge, Findley is facing one charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the affidavit.


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