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Orange City Walmart customer shoots suspected shoplifter

ORANGE CITY, Fla. - A man arrested for opening fire in a busy Walmart parking lot said he was trying to stop a shoplifter and is now defending his actions.

Orange City police arrested Jose Martinez, 35, after they said he unleashed at least five bullets in the parking lot of the Walmart on Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Martinez told Local 6, he was defending himself from a shoplifter who nearly ran him over and injured him.

"The guy put me in danger and other people," said Martinez as police hauled him off to jail Wednesday evening. "He tried to run me over."

But police said Martinez only was bumped by the shoplifter's getaway car because he was chasing after the car and even tried to open the door to the moving vehicle before he opened fire.

Eddie McKee, 42, was caught shoplifting groceries at the Walmart and took off when security confronted him, knocking down a woman, according to police.

Several other people chased after the alleged shoplifter, Eddie McKee, and another man was armed but he never drew his gun. McKee was arrested in DeLand shortly after.

Police said McKee then jumped in his car and took off, but bumped into another car in the parking lot, that's when police say bullets started flying.

"If the shoplifter was an aggressor towards him, then yes. If he wasn't, then no, he shouldn't have discharged his firearm," said Tasha Olkowski.

"I saw one black gentleman running from the parking lot, he dove in his car. And there were two older gentlemen chasing him down. One drew a gun, ripped open the guys car door and screamed, 'Freeze, freeze, don't move!' And then fired shots," said one 911 caller.

As the bullets hit the getaway car -- piercing the trunk and shattering the back window -- police said bullets also hit at least two other cars.

Martinez said to Local 6, he thought nobody else was in danger by his gunfire and he was surprised police arrested him. Martinez started opening fire because he said he wanted to mark the suspect's car as he fled from the scene. He has his concealed weapons permit but has been charged with two felonies, aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

After reviewing store security video, police said Martinez's story doesn't add up. They believe he was never in danger because the shoplifter was driving away from him and everyone else.

by In Florida naturallyreply 1302/28/2013

Sure, R1. Except he was firing wildly and hit other cars besides the shoplifter's. And there were other people around in the parking lot whose lives he put in danger as well.

by In Florida naturallyreply 202/28/2013

Another vigilante. Dangerous to society.

by In Florida naturallyreply 302/28/2013

Put your sarcasmometer on, R2.

by In Florida naturallyreply 402/28/2013

It had to happen in FL and it had to be at a Walmart.

by In Florida naturallyreply 502/28/2013

The guy was stealing food, the chaser was out of line. This man who seemed to know his crime will surely come another time....

by In Florida naturallyreply 602/28/2013

See? Guns stop crime.

by In Florida naturallyreply 702/28/2013

The shooter was standing his ground ....and everyone else's.

by In Florida naturallyreply 802/28/2013

Local news video, includes interviews with eye-witnesses. Some ditz said "just goes to show you can't involve yourself with anything anymore." Right dimwit, poor vigilantes can't fire wildly in busy parking lots anymore without the law coming after them, what's the world coming to!

by In Florida naturallyreply 902/28/2013

Nobody has any business meddling in, or trying to apprehend anyone who steals ANYTHING from Walmart. Let them go, please, as if bullets should be fired over Walmart shit. Get real. It's not like he stole somebody's wallet or something, this was Walmart merchandise.

by In Florida naturallyreply 1002/28/2013

For a scared men with a tiny penis, stand your ground means you can initiate a confrontation and as soon as it looks like you may not come out on top, you can then try to kill the person you're chasing.

by In Florida naturallyreply 1102/28/2013

WalMart needs to install guns on every cart.

by In Florida naturallyreply 1202/28/2013


My testosterone wins!

by In Florida naturallyreply 1302/28/2013
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