Orlando police release new details more than 1 year after deadly shooting

Dominique Aldridge was shot, killed on Aug. 30, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police are releasing new details of the investigation into a deadly shooting more than one year after a man was killed, including the name of at least one person of interest.

Investigators want to question Jack Rosas about the shooting death of Dominique Aldridge, 26, of Gainesville.

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Police say Aldridge was an aspiring musician with plans to move to Atlanta to pursue his dream

“We need Jack Rosas to come forward,” Detective Barbara Sharp said. “I’ve been trying to reach him for over a year and he just refuses to cooperate.”

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Jack Rosas identified as a person of interest in the shooting of Dominique Aldridge (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Aldridge was shot and killed on Aug. 30, 2020, outside of an apartment building at Jernigan Gardens apartment complex, 1488 Mercy Drive.

Investigators released a timeline of events that led up to the deadly shooting.

Detectives believe Aldridge drove down to Orlando from Gainesville earlier in the day to meet with “several associates” at Jernigan Gardens. Shortly after he arrived, Aldridge left the complex with an unidentified teenager and drove to Altamonte Springs to visit Rosas, according to police.

Aldrige stopped at 7-Eleven in Longwood, investigators said, but when he got out of the car, the teen drove off with the gray Ford Mustang. Rosas later picked up Aldrige at the mini-mart and drove him back to Jernigan Gardens, where the victim met several men and was later shot and killed, detectives said.

“The longer Mr. Rosa is not coming forward, it leads me to believe that there must have been something going on if he brought him back to Jernigan Gardens, Sharp said.

Officers have not yet said what a possible motive for the shooting may have been.

“In the beginning He’s a friend and he drives his friend back to Jernigan gardens and then within moments Dominque is murdered, I would have expected him to come forward and say hey this is what was going on but clearly he has avoiding all contact with us,” said Detective Sharp.

After the shooting, police said unknown males took the victim’s Mustang to the area of Timberleaf Boulevard and Cassine and torched the car. The car arson was caught on camera, showing at least two males who then drove off in a stolen Honda Civic, according to investigators. Police said there were at least three males in the car.

Detectives released a surveillance photo from inside of Wawa gas station, where the gasoline was purchased to torch the Mustang.

“This person (the male in the photo) went into the store with an adult female who actually paid for the gas. He stands behind her, he walked into the store with her. She actually gets there first and waits for him,” Sharp said. “He arrives in the Honda Civic and they walk in the store together. She goes in and uses a credit or debit card to purchase $5 worth of gas — which then you can see from the gas pumps that they’re putting it into a gas can — and they leave in that same Honda Civic.”

Surveillance photo from a Wawa where gasoline was purchased prior to the victim's Mustang being set on fire (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Sharp did not identify the woman involved in the gasoline purchase.

“On behalf of his family, his mother and his brother, I am pleading to the public to please help with this case and give us Information,” said Detective Sharp.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477 or you can leave a tip online by clicking here.

Crimeline is offering a cash reward of up to $5000 if anyone can help them make an arrest in this case.


About the Authors:

Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.

Jerry Askin is an Atlanta native who came to News 6 in March 2018 with an extensive background in breaking news.