They met with the victim who told them a gunman in a white Dodge Charger had just sped away. Investigators said other witnesses also saw the vehicle and three men in the car.
Deputies had the descriptions and while patrolling in the area of John Young Parkway and North Orange Blossom Trail they spotted a white Charger. The car was at the drive-thru window of a fast food restaurant. Witnesses at the restaurant said deputies waited for the driver to pull away from the window before moving in. Kametric Peterson works at the restaurant and said he saw deputies handcuff all three men in the car.
Peterson said deputies were yelling all while they had their guns trained on the car. Investigators then spent much of the night trying to figure out which of the men pulled the trigger. One of them was later arrested but detectives haven’t released the name of the gunman or the victim. Deputies said he is a security guard who was walking to catch the bus. He was rushed to The Orlando Regional Medical Center where his condition is unknown. Investigators haven’t said why he was targeted only that the shooting doesn’t appear to be related to drugs.
UPDATE Deputies said they made an arrest overnight in a drive-by shooting that left a security guard with multiple gunshot wounds on an Orange County roadway.
Jeff Williamson of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said John Esteban Serna, 30, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm. Orange County Jail records show Serna is considered a violent offender.
Deputies said Serna fired several rounds at the victim Monday night from a white Dodge Charger.
Sheriff’s deputies stopped Serna and his two passengers at the drive-thru window of a Wendy’s restaurant not far from the scene of the shooting, records show.
Williamson said he is not sure if the passengers were released without charges.
The victim, whose name was not released, is at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Williamson said he is in “stable, but guarded condition.”
Reports show the victim had been walking in the area of Lee Road and Edgewater Drive around 9 p.m. He was waiting to take a bus to his security job in downtown Orlando when the Dodge Charger pulled up alongside him.
Witnesses said Serna allegedly fired multiple shots at the victim before taking off.
When deputies arrived, they found the victim on the ground. Rescue crews took him to ORMC.
After some time, deputies spotted a vehicle at a Wendy’s drive-thru window off Orange Blossom TraIL and John Young Parkway that matched the description given by witnesses.
Deputies stopped the car and detained Serna and the other occupants before arrest him.
Officials will release more details of the shooting and arrest later today. //