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Witness shoots man while helping security guard at Wawa in Cocoa, police say

Victim in stable condition, officials say

COCOA, Fla. – An argument that started with a man urinating outside a Wawa convenience store in Brevard County ended in one man being shot and taken to a hospital.

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. Sunday at the Wawa on 923 W. King St. in Cocoa.

According to authorities, Angel Roman and Rafael Germain Santiago entered the store to use the restroom but then Santiago, 46, began urinating outside the rear entrance.

A witness told the security guard what was happening and he confronted Roman, 53, and Santiago and told them to leave the convenience store, according to a news release.

Police said Roman and Santiago argued with the security guard as he escorted them outside then they hit him and knocked him to the ground.

“A witness inside the Wawa with a concealed carry exited the business to assist the security guard. The witness challenged the two Hispanic males with his gun,” the Cocoa Police Department said.

Santiago charged at the man holding the gun and the man shot him once, records show.

Santiago was taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said.

“The shooter is claiming self defense and the investigation is ongoing,” Cocoa police said.

The man stayed at the scene after the shooting and is cooperating with the investigation, according to a news release.

The security guard was not seriously injured. Police have not identified him or the shooter.

The investigation is ongoing.