WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – A 60-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed Wednesday night during a robbery on the front porch of a Winter Garden home, according to police.
Winter Garden police said Jose Manuel Clas Gonzalez died in the shooting, which was reported at 8:42 p.m. in the 1000 block of Lincoln Terrace.
Police said officers were called to the home and found Clas Gonzalez suffering from gunshot wounds. Police performed CPR on Clas Gonzalez until emergency crews took him to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Clas Gonzalez was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.
According to authorities, it appears Clas Gonzalez was confronted by at least one gunman who tried to rob him. Police said an altercation occurred and Gonzalez was shot.
Gonzalez’s girlfriend, Linda Carter, told News 6 he was a working father and grandfather who loved his family. She said he was a painter and roofer who did work with his son.
“Jose was a sweetheart,” Carter said. “He was not no one to start trouble with nobody. He loved everybody.”
Carter said she was in the house when everything happened.
“I just heard something and when we came out, he was on the ground,” Carter said. “I don’t know who did it and I don’t know why they did it, but it’s senseless and it shouldn’t have happened.”
Police said investigators are working several leads in the shooting, but no other details are being released.
Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to call 407-656-3636 ext. 5490 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.