WILLISTON — A father and son were arrested following a verbal dispute that occurred at a Marathon store in Williston on July 21.
According to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release, the LCSO Communications Division received a 911 call of a reported shooting at the store. While on the line, the telecommunicator who took the call could hear gunshots in the background over the 911 line.
Once deputies arrived, the shooters had already fled the scene. According to the press release, nobody was injured in the shooting, and deputies were able to get a notable amount of video, photographic and eyewitness evidence.
The “eventual” shooters fled the area in a silver colored Lexus passenger car following the first verbal dispute, according to the press release. However, they came back a little while later armed with handguns. The shooters approached the victims and fired off several rounds towards them, but both were uninjured.
“The investigation reveled that two victims got into a verbal dispute with the two Hispanic male subjects in the store parking lot,” LCSO Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp said in the release. “The argument involved who had the right of way around the gas pumps.”
According to the press release, during the second argument, one of the victims was able to take a photo of the two shooters. Using video footage taken of the vehicle the suspects were driving, Amanda Bruce, LCSO crime analyst, was able to identify the shooters as 42-year-old Luis Antonio Perez Carraquillo and 21-year-old Luis Antonio Perez Franco. On July 22, arrest warrants were acquired for both of the suspects.
While the incident took place on July 21, both of the men were not located until seven days later on July 29. According to the press release, this came after detectives learned the suspects made a getaway to Orange County. Officers with the U.S. Marshal Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force found and arrested the men after detectives enlisted the help from the agency. During the arrest, one handgun was retrieved.
According to the press release, the suspects continue to be in custody as they wait to be transferred to Levy County. They are facing two counts of attempted murder each.
“Sheriff McCallum expressed his appreciation to the U.S. Marshal Service and the members of the public who cooperated with LCSO to get these dangerous suspects off the streets,” Beauchamp said in the press release. “He encourages citizens to pay attention to their surroundings as a simple trip to the convenience store on that day could have been deadly.”
Those who might have details pertaining to any illegal activity are urged to reach out to the LCSO at 352-486-5111 or 911. According to the press release, narratives can also be completed anonymously by contacting CrimeStoppers at 1-877-349-8477.