Overnight shooting in Orange County kills 1, injures 3 more

The shooting took place at a party, deputies say

A young entrepreneur was shot dead at a party early this morning in Orange County.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County deputies are investigating a deadly early morning shooting at a party that killed one person and hurt three others.

Investigators were called to the scene in the 200 block of Ring Road at 5:25 a.m. Saturday morning.

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Deputies said a party had been taking place and there were many people on the scene.

One person was shot and killed and another person was also shot and taken to the hospital, according to a news release.

The man who was shot and killed has been identified as Jesse Louis Valdes, 36, according to deputies. Investigators did not release the name of the person taken to the hospital but said their condition has been improved from critical to stable.

Family and friends showed up at the scene all day Saturday by the dozens. They’re grieving and torn apart by tragedy.

“He just went too soon,” said Jay, the victim’s cousin.

As deputies continued their investigation, they determined two more people had been shot but, according to the sheriff’s office, their injuries are not life-threatening and no updates on them were provided.

“Didn’t even think for a second that you’re ripping him apart from his family his children, his friends,” Jay said.

Jay told News 6 that Valdes was a working father who loved his family and just opened a clothing store in Pine Hills on Silver Street Road last week.

Family, friends and so many others now devastated.

“He would literally give anybody the shirt off his back,” Jay said. “He was just a good person.”

No additional information was released about what may have led up to the shooting. Deputies said they have no information on any possible suspects.

“I hope somebody does come forward and say something,” Jay said.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

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