Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Deputies: Gambling business manager shoots and kills nephew, who was called to calm him down

SPRING HILL — A manager at a gambling establishment shot and killed his nephew Saturday after a co-worker called the victim to calm his uncle down, Hernando deputies reported.

Authorities arrested Roger Vazquez, 56 of Spring Hill, on homicide and assault charges, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday. Vazquez killed Raymond Correa, 44, deputies said.

The incident began after 5 p.m., according to a release by Sheriff’s Office spokesman Michael Terry, at Lucky Fish Games on the 10400 block of Northcliffe Boulevard.

Vazquez, a manager at Lucky Fish Games, had been "acting erratically," witnesses told deputies, according to the release. He was waving a loaded gun inside the business.

His co-worker, Laau Paselio, called the store owner, Jose Santana. Santana decided to call Vazquez’s nephew, who can usually calm his uncle down, witnesses said.

Correa, the nephew, arrived at Lucky Fish Games and talked with his uncle, persuading him to unload the gun and put it down.

But Vazquez then pulled out a second gun and pointed it at his nephew. Deputies did not report what led to him drawing the firearm.

Vazquez shot Correa twice, then shot him repeatedly after he fell to the ground, deputies reported.

People inside the business fled and called authorities. One person, however, entered the building and confronted Vazquez. The man, Michael Midolo, asked the shooter what happened, deputies said.

Vazquez pointed the gun at Midolo and told him it didn’t concern him, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Midolo left, uninjured, and called 911.

When deputies arrived, they arrested Vazquez "without incident," according to deputies.

Authorities took him to the Hernando County Detention Center in Brooksville. He faces charges of homicide and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held in lieu of $70,000 bond.

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