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Deputies: Tallahassee man arrested for firing shots during argument

Posted at 12:06 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 12:14:19-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A man has been arrested after deputies say he shot a victim during an altercation at a store in Tallahassee.

According to the Leon County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the 9500 block of Apalachee Parkway for a fight at a gas station on Wednesday.

The person who called 911 told the dispatcher that someone was shooting and gunshots were heard in the background during the call. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered there had been a verbal altercation between two neighbors.

Deputies say this argument was a continuation of an ongoing argument between the two.

Video from the scene showed two men arguing with each other. The men initially started arguing inside the store but then transitioned to the parking lot.

LCSO says during the argument, one of the men sprayed the other with pepper spray. After minutes of arguing, the men finally stopped and headed to their vehicles in the parking lot.

Deputies say 55-year-old John McLeod was a passenger in one if the vehicles.

LCSO says McLeod was seen pointing a gun out of his window and firing shots at the man who was near the other vehicle. They say McLeod fired two shots with a gun that was loaded with rat shot.

Deputies say the man was shot in his ear and arm.

LCSO interviewed all the people involved in the incident and the victim declined to pursue charges.

Based on evidence, McLeod was arrested and taken to the Leon County Detention Facility. He is being charged for discharging a firearm in public from a vehicle.