8-time felon opens fire and shoots toddler in Florida, police said

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Nov. 11 2021, Published 11:23 a.m. ET

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A child was shot in Florida and police say an eight-time felon is the one who pulled the trigger.

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Jontavius Monroe, 33, has been charged in connection with the incident, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Around 10 a.m. Nov. 6, the suspect engaged in an argument with another customer at a CITGO gas station in Seffner, Florida.

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Following the exchange, Monroe followed the other customer out of the parking lot, according to the sheriff's office.

While driving away in separate vehicle, Monroe allegedly pulled up next to the other customer’s car and shot into it, striking a child in the leg. The juvenile was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

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"A verbal dispute between two grown men should never end with a child being shot, and I pray for the child's quick recovery," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Not only did this suspect put the lives of the victim and the other customer in danger, but also all those who shared the road with them while this incident took place."

Monroe was arrested on charges of attempted murder in the first degree premeditated firearm, aggravated battery, discharge of firearm from a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm and shooting at, within or into a vehicle.

Cops say Monroe is an eight-time felon. He is being held in jail without bond.

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