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Arrest made in connection with DeLand carjacking, shooting

Man charged with attempted murder

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DeLAND, Fla. – A man is accused of carjacking an acquaintance at gunpoint and shooting him four times, according to the DeLand Police Department.

The victim Daniel Garcia Agosto, 44, told authorities that he was meeting with Gerald Caesar, 24, at a KFC on July 31. Agosto borrowed his friend's maroon Ford F-150 so he and Caesar could work some repair jobs.

The victim said Caesar is homeless and he's been trying to help him get back on his feet.

Agosto said he was in the KFC drive-thru waiting for food when Caesar approached him, got in the passenger's seat and pointed a pistol at him, according to the affidavit. Police said Caesar held Agosto at gunpoint and told him where to drive.

Agosto said he complied in fear of being shot.

Police said that at some point during the incident, Caesar shot Agosto four times through the door of the vehicle. Agosto said he called his brother as he drove himself to a hospital because he thought he was going to die. 

Agosto said he was driving erratically and running red lights on his way Florida Hospital DeLand. A car was chasing him, police said, but it's unclear if Caesar was in that car.

Police said Agosto made it to the hospital around 11:40 a.m. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Air-One helicopter airlifted the man to Halifax Health Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. 

Caesar was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted murder, carjacking with a firearm and kidnapping.


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