3 arrested in connection with Winter Garden shooting that killed 1, injured 2, deputies say

Incident occurred April 9 in Tildenville Park

Three men were arrested Thursday in connection with a shooting last week in Winter Garden that killed a man and injured another, deputies said.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Three men were arrested Thursday in connection with a shooting last week in Winter Garden that killed a man and injured two others, deputies said.

Zachary Staffine, 18; David Manuel, 35; and Jason Owens, 38, all face charges related to a shooting incident that occurred in Tildenville Park, located at 202 Shongi Ave., on April 9, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to an arrest report, deputies responded to the scene around 7:18 p.m. when they found a man, later identified as 20-year-old Elijuah Peterson, in critical condition after being shot in the head. Deputies said another victim in his 30′s was located in serious but stable condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to his leg. The two were transported to the hospital, where Peterson later died from his injuries on Wednesday, deputies said.

Deputies discovered a third victim who transported himself to the hospital due to a gunshot wound, a report shows.

According to investigators, the shooting occurred after Manuel and one of the injured victims got in an argument about the suspect’s ex-girlfriend, causing people to gather around the two fighting.

Owens told another victim, who said he was a childhood friend of Owens’, to let Manuel and the other person “fight it out one on one,” and when that victim tried to interfere, Owens pointed a firearm at him, deputies said.

At the same time, Manuel approached with a gun, firing six to eight shots, shooting the “childhood friend” in the leg, the arrest report stated.

According to the report, video of the incident shows Peterson pulled out a gun in an attempt to protect the other victim from Manuel, and a man believed to be Staffine, allegedly Owens’ stepson, fired bullets at Peterson in response, fatally wounding him.

Staffine faces a first-degree murder charge, Manuel faces an attempted first-degree murder charge and Owens faces an aggravated assault with a firearm charge, investigators said.

All three suspects were booked at the Orange County jail.

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