Authorities in South Florida have arrested and charged a 40-year-old man with five counts of attempted murder after it was reported that the man had begun a random shooting which left one person in critical condition at the hospital. Witnesses say that he exited his home with a four-pack of beer and a semi-automatic rifle and just started shooting at passing cars.
Persons in Carl Deshon Washington’s neighborhood at the 6300 block of Garfield Street in Hollywood, Florida were shocked when they observed the man’s actions on Friday and were quick to call the police about the shooting spree he was on. The Sacramento Bee reported that the arrest affidavit for the 40-year-old man indicated that he had caused multiple injuries to five persons with his rifle. The most serious injuries suffered was by Reynoldo Corria, who was struck in the back of the head by one of the bullets and also now has two broken legs, which are suspected to have occurred after the red truck he had been driving ran into a tree when he was shot.
Carl Washington allegedly went outside his home at approximately 10:15 am on Saturday dressed up in dark clothing and carrying that four-pack of beer and the.22-caliber rifle. Hollywood police say that once he was at the intersection of North 64th Avenue and his own Garfield Street, the man set his pack of beer on the ground beside him and opened fire at the passing cars.
Four of the drivers for the vehicles which were attacked with the gunfire have given sworn statements advising that they wish to press charges. The local media publication WSVN, 7News spoke with one of the victims of the random shooting spree and were told by Steve Apakian that he had actually bailed out of his car and fled when he heard the gunshots going off and saw Carl Washington turn to face him and his vehicle, rifle in hand. Four shots were fired after him.
“It’s really hard to believe that you’re seeing what you’re seeing. I mean, for him to turn and look at me, at that point it was a matter of quick reflexes.”
Hollywood police reported that Reynoldo Corria had been driving a red 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck and witnesses believe that about five shots from the rifle were aimed at the truck. After he lost control of the truck and it smashed into a tree, the driver was found in the driver’s seat, unconscious. As of Sunday, he was reported to be in critical condition at the Memorial Regional Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and the two broken legs.
The police affidavit states that once he had ended his shooting spree, Carl Washington fled back inside his house, rifle in hand. One victim managed to drive until she could flag down an officer, despite her arm being covered in shattered glass from her window, three gunshots landed in her car. It actually seems that Washington may have gone home to wait on the police as when they did arrive he walked out of his residence dressed completely in white. The rifle he used in the shooting spree was found in the bedroom closet after police took him into custody.
Washington’s previous record includes a no contest plea last year to misdemeanor marijuana possession and in 2010, he also pleaded no contest to resisting arrest without violence after he left the scene of an accident.
Carl Washington made his court appearance on Sunday, where Judge Alfred J. Horowitz ordered that the man be held without bail for his shooting spree. During the court proceedings, Washington remained silent. Washington will face charged with five counts of attempted premeditated murder, though a motive for his actions is still unclear.
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