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Two arrests made in shooting, fight near Plant City

PLANT CITY — Deputies have arrested two people in a fight and shooting Saturday near Plant City that left one man injured.

A series of events began around 1:20 p.m. Saturday when two people, Gabriel Navarrete, 21, and his girlfriend, Diamond Bautista, 20, went to 3405 Keene Road to collect a debt from the man who lives there, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

Deputies identified the man who lives there as Brandan Matthew Berg, 21. But outside the home in the driveway, deputies said, Navarrete got in a fight with another man — Raymond Anthony Cook-Underwood, 19, who is a friend of Berg's.

The confrontation turned violent when Cook-Underwood fired four rounds from a pistol into the air and ground. He then shot Navarrete in the thigh, deputies said.

Within minutes, Berg and Navarrete's brother arrived. When Navarrete's brother saw Berg, he smashed Berg's car windshield with a baseball bat, deputies said. Berg then used a barbell to shatter windows of Bautista's car while she was inside of it.

Berg and Cook-Underwood fled in Berg's car, deputies said, with Berg firing a pistol at least twice in the air. Deputies pulled over Berg's car and took the two into custody.

Detectives arrested Cook-Underwood on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm in public and not having a valid driver's license. He was being held on $64,513 bail.

Berg faces counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle and felony criminal mischief. He was held on $11,500 bail.

Paramedics took Navarrete to Lakeland Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Deputies did not give details of the debt that led to the shooting or the name of Navarrete's brother.

Two arrests made in shooting, fight near Plant City 12/30/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 30, 2012 10:56pm]

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