James Powell, 15, (left) and Sylvano Leslie II, 17, (right) are the two suspects in a Florida shooting that left a man paralyzed.
(Volusia County Sheriff’s Office)
A Florida man was left paralyzed after he was shot three times by at least two teenagers who crashed a party he hosted for his children and she refused to leave, the officials said.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said 47-year-old Joel Tatro was throwing a party in his Oak Hill home on Sunday for his high-school-aged children when the four boy came uninvited.
When they were told to leave, one of the young people refused and an argument followed. During the confrontation a gun was pulled, shots were fired, and Tatro was a shot in the neck.
Family members told Fox 35 that the shot went in the left side of Tatro’s neck, through his spine in the lumbar spine and his right shoulder. Doctors said that the shooting left him paralyzed.
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One of the accused of the boy – who Sylvano Leslie II, 17, – gave himself up to the police on the Monday evening, the sheriff’s office reported.
A second teenager – a 15-year-old James Powell – on the flight and the sheriff’s office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood told Fox 35 that Tatro had allowed his high school sons to have friends over for a party and got in at the party-crashers refused to leave.
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“Here is an incident in which the parents do the right things. They have a party for about 10 of their children; high school friends. They’re monitoring. It is by invitation only. They sat there on the fire pit, listening to music, what does the 15-year-old children do, and it almost cost this man his life,” Chitwood said.