DELTONA, Fla. – A birthday party took an unfortunate turn Saturday night when a Deltona man allegedly shot a teenage girl after getting angry during an argument “about politics, Trump and the situation in Puerto Rico," the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies said Jose Amaro, 41, became angry during the discussion with his brother-in-law, who was also at the party at the home along Shingler Terrace around 9:50 p.m. Authorities said Amaro shoved his brother-in-law before going inside and grabbing a handgun.
Family members said they tried to hold Amaro back, but he had already fired one shot into the yard before someone tackled him, the Sheriff's Office said. The bullet hit a 17-year-old girl in her right knee, deputies said.
Deputies said Amaro treated the girl's injury, which was not life-threatening, until authorities arrived. The girl was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.
Amaro was arrested and is facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, officials said.
After conducting a criminal history check on Amaro, deputies said they found that he had two felony convictions out of New Jersey. Authorities charged him with possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Amaro was being held without bail Sunday morning in the Volusia County Jail, deputies said.