Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Public safety

One man injured in Dade City's love triangle turned shooting

DADE CITY — A little before 11:45 a.m. Monday, gunfire erupted at the Embassy Park Apartments and left a man bleeding in the grass.

According to Dade City Police, Anthony Staten, 23, and Jeffrey Gonzales II, 20, were fighting with a baseball bat and a club at 13542 Embassy Park Court. They've been in an ongoing dispute over a woman, police Chief Ray Velboom said.

Then Staten removed a handgun from his pants, police said.

Gonzales dropped his wooden club and tried to take the gun but was shot in the leg and hand. A red and black baseball bat lay in the parking lot hours later.

Gonzales was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Hospital. Velboom said Gonzales underwent surgery and is in stable condition.

Staten, who was treated and released from Pasco Regional Medical Center, was arrested and charged with armed burglary. Police said he broke into the same home last night in an incident that also involved Gonzales.

More charges against Staten will likely be filed in the next couple of days, Velboom said.

Tiffany Fordyce, 19, was in the kitchen with her 2-year-old son when she thought she heard fireworks. Then she heard yelling. She opened her front door and saw a man lying facedown in front of a unit across the parking lot. She saw a pool of blood.

Fordyce said she slammed the door, grabbed her son and sprinted upstairs to a window so she could see if anyone came into her home. She moved there about a week ago, while her husband is deployed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. They thought Dade City would be safe.

"I never thought anything like that (would happen)," she said.

Clare Lennon can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6262. Twitter: @clarelennon

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