Son fatally shoots mother during argument, Orange County deputies say

Shooting draws large police presence near Windermere


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A man fatally shot his mother during a "heated verbal altercation" at a home near Windermere Friday night, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to investigate reports of a verbal domestic disturbance at about 8:50 p.m. in the 14000 block of Bridgewater Crossings Boulevard, near Windermere.

It was the mother who called 911, officials said.

When investigators arrived at the house, the front door was open and three family members were arguing. Then, authorities heard a gunshot and requested backup.

Deputies entered through the back of house and made contact with 41-year-old Wueizman Saul Leal, who was trying to exit.

Leal shot his mother, Tania Perez Creek, 59, several times as the two were arguing, according to a news release.

Creek was taken to a hospital in Winter Garden, where she died.

Neighbors waking up on Saturday morning to news of the shooting were shocked to learn what happened. David Langston lives a few doors down from the home where it happened.

"It seems pretty unusual for this community because it's so safe," Langston said. "It's hard for me to believe that anyone would have so much rage to kill their own mother, but we live in a crazy time."

Neighbor Chip Fernandez lives across the street from the home where the shooting happened. He said domestic incidents can happen anywhere at anytime, but he never thought something like this would happen so close to where he lives.

"This is just a huge surprise for us to see anything like this happen. It's pretty crazy," Fernandez said.

Leal was charged with first-degree murder with a firearm.

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