Justice Gurrola

Justice Gurrola 

Justice Gurrola was arrested Monday and charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder following a shooting at the 5000 block of East Live Oak Lane in Inverness.

Gurrola, 20, lives on Edgewater Lane in The Villages and is being held on $50,000 bond at the Citrus County Detention Facility.

The Sheriff’s Office released more details Tuesday about the shooting, which took place around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The report said sheriff’s deputies responded to the Inverness home after getting a call about a drive-by shooting.

The victim, Tyler Miller, 18, was shot in the leg but the injury was not life threatening.

Miller told deputies he was inside the house with two friends when he heard a vehicle rev up outside. When he looked out the window, Miller told deputies it appeared the driver was taking pictures of the house with a cellphone. Miller said he went outside to confront the driver, taking a large liquor bottle with him.

Miller told deputies he yelled at the driver and asked what he was doing and the man drove away toward U.S. 41. But the report said then he made a U-turn back to Miller’s home and as he drove past, Miller said he threw the bottle at the vehicle, believed to be a Dodge Charger. Miller said the driver kept going past him and he started returning to his home. But the driver made a second U-turn and came back toward Miller again, the report said.

Miller said the suspect then fired several rounds from a handgun at him while he was standing in the driveway. Miller was hit in the right calf and made it back inside his home. Emergency Medical Services called trauma alert and transported Miller to Ocala Regional Medical Center.

Deputies apprehended the suspect, later identified as Gurrola, on U.S. 41, near the vacant Kmart building at the Inverness Regional Shopping Center.

Gurrola at first denied involvement in the incident but later told deputies he fired the weapon but was not trying to kill anyone.

 

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or mbates@chronicleonline.com.

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