16-year-old accused of killing girlfriend’s aunt at Avenue Apartments near Ocoee

Orange County deputies take Michael Lecorn into custody

OCOEE, Fla. – A 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend’s aunt at an Orange County apartment complex, deputies said Tuesday.

Michael Lecorn was arrested in the shooting of 41-year-old Fonda Gandy, who was wounded around 10:55 p.m. Sunday at the Avenue Apartments off Vizcaya Road near Ocoee.

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Gandy was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Deputies said Monday that the shooting was not random and identified Lecorn as the suspect.

The sheriff’s office said there was an argument in the apartment and Lecorn shot Gandy and attempted to kill another woman, who was able to get away.

According to the affidavit, Lecorn had moved in with his girlfriend and her relatives at Avenue Apartments days prior after he got into a disagreement with his family.

A witness said a friend gave Lecorn the black semi-automatic handgun that was used in the fatal shooting on Jan. 28, records show. It was loaded with 15 rounds at the time.

Deputies said Lecorn was with his girlfriend in her bedroom minutes before the shooting when he said he had to go to the bathroom and walked out. About 30 seconds later, the girlfriend heard a gunshot, a few seconds of silence and then four or five more shots, according to the report.

She said she ran downstairs and found her aunt bleeding and struggling to breathe.

Another woman who lives at the apartment said Lecorn fired at Gandy from the top of the stairs while Gandy was seated on an air mattress in the living room and he continued to fire as he came down the stairs, according to authorities. That woman was also shot at when she was attempting to leave the apartment but she wasn’t injured, deputies said.

Records show that 14 casings and one live round were found near the bottom half of the stairs and the living room.

The affidavit did not provide details about the alleged argument.

Mikayla Dahl, who lives at the apartments, said she saw a large crime scene at the complex.

“When I saw everything, I immediately got an uneasy feeling wondering what was going on because there had been multiple break-ins,” Dahl said. “So I woke up (Monday) morning and just saw that someone got shot.”

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