A gun owner in Florida was arrested last week after he opened fire at a suspected Walmart shoplifter because he said he felt threatened and wanted to “mark” the man’s car for police.
An unarmed man ran from an Orange City Walmart with stolen merchandise. Several people chased after the alleged shoplifter and another man was armed but he never drew his gun. However, 35-year-old Jose Martinez pulled out his gun and fired at least five bullets, according to Local 6.
Bullets riddled alleged shoplifters vehicle, hitting the trunk and shattering the back window. Two other cars were also hit by gunfire.
Martinez told Local 6 that he was shocked that police arrested him because he thought no one other than the shoplifter was in danger. He said he just wanted to mark the man’s car for police.
Orange City police argued that surveillance video showed that the gun owner was never in danger because McKee was in the process of fleeing when the shooting occurred.
Martinez has permit to carry a concealed weapon in Florida, but was charged with aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle, both felonies. the shoplifter faces a misdemeanor charge.
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