Latest News

Man shoots stepdaughter at birthday party during argument over Trump and Puerto Rico

By Mason White 7:39 AM October 3, 2017
Jose Amaro
Jose Amaro
By: Tanya Clark

A man was arrested for shooting his stepdaughter during a drunken argument.

Police in Florida, said that a gunshot interrupted a birthday party in Deltona, on Saturday night, injuring a 17-year-old girl who was hit in the knee.

According to police, the stepfather, 41-year-old Jose Amaro, and his brother-in-law, got into a heated argument over politics before things turned violent.

The birthday party took place at Amaro’s house, with several family members and children present.

Amaro and his 41-year-old brother-in-law of Deltona, got involved in a heated discussion “about politics, Trump and the
situation in Puerto Rico,” a deputy wrote in his incident report.

All parties involved had been drinking and appeared intoxicated. The argument escalated, Amaro became angry, and shoved his brother-in-law.

He then went inside the house and grabbed a handgun.
Others at the party tried to restrain Amaro, but he fired one shot out into the yard before a witness tackled him.

The bullet hit his stepdaughter in the right knee. The victim was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, with non-life-threatening injuries after the shooting, which occurred at around 9:50 p.m.

Amaro was arrested without incident. He remained on scene and was treating the victim’s wound when deputies arrived.

Amaro was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon as well as possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after a criminal history check revealed he had two felony convictions out of New Jersey.

He was being held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail.