Man charged with attempted murder after fight over fireworks goes too far

Coty Silvia, 22, accused of shooting at three people

SANFORD, Fla. -  A 22-year-old Sanford man will stay in jail without bond after police say he pointed a gun and shot at three people after a neighborhood fight over fireworks goes to went too far.

According to his arrest report, Sanford police were called out to South Summerlin Avenue Tuesday night for reports of shots fired.

Several people, including one witness and other neighbors who wanted to remain anonymous, told police a fight between two families escalated to the point where shots were fired.

Many of them were telling police they saw Coty Silvia go into his home and get a chrome gun and start shooting, according to his arrest report.

The fight in the neighborhood had started on July 4th, when a group of neighbors told Silvia and his family to stop shooting fireworks and continued throughout the day.

The arrest report saying Silvia made threats and racial slurs towards the group.

However, at his initial appearance in Seminole County Wednesday, his mother says her son wasn't the shooter. She was in tears after court saying he was innocent.

"He is innocent," Tammy Silvia told News 6. "Look at his face, if he had a gun on him you think he would have shot him when they jumped him. If he had a gun, he would have been in self-defense. They came over and started jumping them, jumping my family, everyone in sight."

Silvia has been charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of firing a weapon in public and one count of property damage of more than $1,000 dollars after police say they found a bullet hit a car and lodged into a child's car seat.

He is in jail without bond and will be back in court in August. 

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