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Suspect shoots man during fight about his girlfriend, Daytona Beach police say

Victim shot in leg, chest

Donovan Ruiter
Donovan Ruiter (Volusia County Jail)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A man shot his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend because the suspect believed the victim was talking badly about the woman, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

The shooting was reported Thursday afternoon on Claire Terrace. When officers arrived, they said they found the victim lying on his back near a residence with gunshot wounds to his leg and lower chest.

The victim said he was inside the residence when he received a phone call from Donovan Ruiter telling him to go outside, records show.

Once outside, the victim and Ruiter began arguing because Ruiter’s girlfriend once dated the victim and Ruiter believed that the victim was “talking (expletive)” about his girlfriend, according to the report.

Witnesses said Ruiter held the gun in his hand under a towel before opening fire, records show.

Police said one of the victim’s friends also pulled out his gun in an attempt to defend himself but the firearm jammed.

After the shooting, Ruiter fled in a black Ford Focus, authorities said.

According to the report, Ruiter went to his attorney’s office to turn himself in after the shooting.

He’s facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


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