OCSO still searching for suspects of Walgreens assault
The Orange County Sheriff's Office responded to an incident near the Walgreens at the intersection of Alafaya Trail and Lokanotosa Trail in reference to an aggravated assault with firearm Sunday early afternoon.
Two male victims, who are residents at Campus Crossings at Alafaya, were driving around the Walgreens parking lot after buying cigarettes when the driver observed two unknown males fighting in the lot behind the building, OCSO officer Ryan Hartline wrote in an incident report.
As he was passing by, the witness observed another unknown male walk up to the two men fighting, and began to fight as well.
One of the unknown subjects ran from the fight toward Lokanotosa Trail, and the driver saw one of the first suspects fire at the running person.
"[The driver] stated he heard two shots with one of the rounds striking the passenger side of his vehicle," Hartline wrote in the report. "[The driver] stated he then observed two females trying to break up the males from the argument."
The vehicle then drove onto Lokanotosa toward Alafaya.
The driver said in the report that he did not know if the shots fired were aimed at him directly or if they were just shot at the person running away.
OCSO Public Information Officer Jeff Williamson said no one was arrested at the scene.
"[The driver] then drove to his apartment across the street at Campus Crossings and retrieved a firearm that was in his apartment," Hartline wrote. "[The driver] stated that he took the firearm that his friend gave him for protection and drove with [the second victim] to the RaceTrac to get gas for his vehicle."
Headed back to his apartment, the driver was stopped by several deputies. After signing a sworn statement, the driver said he was willing to press charges and testify in court as he said he does not know the suspects, but would possibly be able to identify them if seen again.
A stolen firearm was recovered from the vehicle on the scene, and the driver was not able to describe the firearm at the time.
In a previous interview with the Central Florida Future, Williamson said the driver was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm.
The Future has omitted the names of the two victims for their safety as the investigation is open and ongoing. The victims are not UCF students.
Rachel Stuart is a News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.