LAKE MARY, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - Police lights flooded the darkness at Seminole County's upscale Colonial TownPark shopping center in Lake Mary, during the early morning hours of July 8. Detectives were investigating after a shooting incident that eventually left two men dead.
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday released new surveillance video of the shooting three-and-a-half, and the altercation between two men which preceded it.
Deputies say after Victor Emanuel Brown, 35, and Jorge Vega-Rosado, 26, got into a fight in the parking lot, Brown pulled out a gun and fired a shot. The bullet missed Vega-Rosado but struck an innocent bystander yards away, outside Liam Fitzpatrick’s Irish Restaurant.
That innocent bystander, 28-year-old Daniel Strada, was struck in the eye and later died. After Strada was shot, Vega-Rosado got his own gun and fired several times, hitting and killing Brown.
Prosecutors did not charge Vega-Rosado, saying he acted in self-defense and had a valid concealed firearm permit.
During a news conference last month, Strada's father, Joe, spoke publicly about the impact that his son had on his family and the community.
“My son was a great kid, he was an innocent young man,” he said. "We don't why, but God needed him more than we did."