Man shoots lifelong friend in Seville during argument over broken bottle, deputies say

Victim taken to hospital; suspected shooter taken into custody

Randy Crowder, 62. (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

SEVILLE, Fla. – A man shot and wounded his friend Thursday night in Seville during a fight over a broken bottle, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting was reported around 9 p.m. on Columbia Court.

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The sheriff’s office said an investigation showed that the victim was hanging out in an empty lot known as The Corner near Lawrence and Princeton streets in Seville. The victim said he threw a bottle in a trash can and it broke, prompting his lifelong friend, 62-year-old Randy Crowder, to become angry and start an argument, according to officials.

The victim said he left but returned about 30 minutes later and saw Crowder standing by the open trunk of his vehicle, according to officials. The victim said Crowder retrieved what appeared to be a shotgun, pointed it at him and fired one shot, striking him, according to authorities.

The sheriff’s office said the victim was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach with non-life-threatening injuries to the left side of his body.

Sheriff’s officials said Crowder fled the area, but deputies later found him as a passenger in a vehicle traveling back to the scene, and he was taken into custody.

Crowder was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he was being held on a $5,000 bond.

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