DELTONA, Florida — A politically-charged argument over President Trump at a Florida birthday party left a 17-year-old bystander with a bullet in her leg after her step-dad pulled out a gun and opened fire.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s office says Jose Amaro, 41, got into a fight with his brother-in-law at a birthday party Saturday night in Deltona “about politics, Trump and the situation in Puerto Rico.”
Cops say both men had been drinking and things escalated when Amaro shoved his in-law and then ran back into the house from the back yard and grabbed a handgun.
While others at the party tried to restrain him, Amaro fired a shot out into the yard, striking his 17-year-old step-daughter in the knee. Another partygoer then wrestled him to the ground. Police say Amaro was tending to his stepdaughter’s wound when officers arrived.
Amaro, who had two prior felony convictions in New Jersey, 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. He was being held without bond.