LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A man was arrested Monday on several shooting charges, including attempted murder, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Groveland police said on March 4, they responded to reports of a shooting along Park Avenue. Upon arrival, police said they found a man who told them his fiancée had gone missing.
According to the man, he went out in his truck to go look for her and found a vehicle belonging to her acquaintance at a nearby gas station, police said.
The man then followed the vehicle from the parking lot in hopes of asking the acquaintance whether she knew where his fiancée was, a police report shows.
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In the report, police said that unbeknown to the man, his fiancée was in the vehicle, and as he followed the vehicle, another man — later identified as 24-year-old Eduardo Ramirez — began shooting at him from inside the car.
The man then pulled out his own handgun and fired back, but he was forced to retreat back to his home after his truck began smoking, police said. He was not injured in the shooting, court records show.
A probable cause affidavit shows the woman in the car later returned home after confronting Ramirez for shooting at her fiancé.
Then, on Monday, deputies with LCSO said they arrived at Bay Lake Road in Groveland after receiving reports of another shooting.
Upon arrival, deputies said they learned that Ramirez had shot a man in the leg during an argument before fleeing from the area. The victim was flown to the hospital for surgery afterward, deputies added.
Law enforcement teams then went to Ramirez’s home in Eustis to take him into custody, and the suspect eventually surrendered himself to them, an affidavit shows.
Ramirez faces charges for shooting from a vehicle, shooting into a vehicle, criminal mischief, possession of a weapon by a felon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. He is being held on a bond of $120,000.
According to police, Ramirez has been convicted in the past for 11 felonies and six misdemeanors.
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