An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after police say he accidentally shot an 18-year-old woman he was dancing with at a Cocoa House party about a month ago. WKMG.
An arrest warrant affidavit shows officers responded to a call of gunshots at 1044 Azalea Lane on November 27 at approximately 10:25 p.m. Upon arrival, police said they found a woman who had been shot and was taken to the hospital.
Several witnesses told police that the victim was groping near 18-year-old Maurice Thomas when According to the affidavit, he drew a firearm and fired, aiming at her in the back. Another eyewitness said the gun “just went off,” police said.
Authorities said they learned that the owner of the house where the party was held had served alcohol to several people, both minors and adults.
Cell phone footage from that night shows a minor carelessly handling a firearm with alcohol as well as 4-year-olds, underage teens and the suspect, who was wearing a black hoodie with the Glock logo.
Police said they spoke to the victim on December 7 after she was discharged from the hospital after undergoing multiple surgeries. According to the affidavit, he told them that Thomas and another man were playing with a firearm when he told them to stop. Authorities said that moments later, while wringing with Thomas, he felt the gunshot and tried to move out of the way before he was shot.
An affidavit reveals that Thomas, whom he said he had known since October, also sent him a message via Instagram two days after the shooting: “I’m sorry! This was never meant to happen to you, especially to you, If there is any way i can get a second chance and talk to you on phone, can you send your number please?
so far, Thomas is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reckless harm, misuse of a firearm and manipulation of misdemeanor proceedings.
He is currently being held at the Brevard County Jail on $89,000 bond.
A man shot his friends in ecstasy in Miami’s Little Havana
In other incidents, two victims accused Dayan Zarkera of shooting them while under the influence of the illegal drug MDMA, better known as Molly or Ecstasy.
The victims, one of whom said they had been friends for two years, claimed both were guests of Zerkera in his apartment Right in front of the baseball stadium in Little Havana, Miami, according to the arrest report.
According to the arrest report, 32-year-old Zarquera grabbed one of the victim’s guns, a 9mm Taurus G2C, on the morning of Sunday, November 20, and said, “make it disappear”.
According to the arrest report, the two victims were leaving their apartment shortly before 3 a.m. when Zerquera fired at them, hitting one of the victims in the right arm.
Police officers arrested Zerkera a few days later near the intersection of Southwest 37th Avenue and Third Street, just east of Coral Gables. The man appeared in a Miami-Dade court on Tuesday.
It should be noted that although Zerquera is a convicted felon, the Florida Department of Corrections released him from prison on December 1, 2013, after serving three years in prison for attempted murder and armed robbery, records show.
Miami-Dade court records show that Zerkera also has a history of arrests for cocaine possession since 2008. In fact, he had two cases pending in Miami-Dade as of Tuesday night.
Now, for the shooting in Little Havana, he will face charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.
In addition, Zerquera will face charges of cocaine possession and presenting a controlled substance to prison.