Brothers shot in parking lot at Florida rodeo, man charged with murder, police say

two brothers shot in parking lot at florida rodeo man charged with murder
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Jun. 11 2021, Published 10:58 a.m. ET

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A shooting at a rodeo in Florida left one brother dead, another brother injured and police say a third man is charged with first-degree murder.

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According to authorities, gunshots were fired after a fight that began in the rodeo’s parking lot around 9:30 p.m. on June 6.

Police working the event said they saw guests form a crowd in the parking lot and yell out there was a fight involving a gun, but there was no mention of what led to the fight.

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One of the deputies said they fired their weapon at Luis Garcia, 26, after seeing him shoot at other people and ordered him to drop his weapon, which Garcia ignored.

Witnesses said Garcia fired a handgun into the crowd and hit two men, who are brothers.

According to officials, one of the victims suffered a gunshot wound to his torso and the other one to his legs, but the gunshots continued as one of the deputies tried to help one of the wounded men.

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Both brothers were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where one died of his injuries and the other was in stable condition, The Palm Beach Post reported.

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office stated deputies did everything they could to take cover, but when they tried to stop Garcia and demanded he drop his gun, Garcia began shooting at them.

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A spokesperson for the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said, "Our deputy fired because he was fired at first. He did not injure the suspect, but the suspect killed one person and left someone else in the hospital."

Garcia fled the scene, but officers later detained him.

He was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and discharging a firearm in public, officials said.

Garcia was ordered to be held without bail at the Palm Beach County Jail.


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