Neighbor Brings Package Delivered to Wrong Address
A Florida father and his 15-year-old son were arrested on attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting at an innocent woman after they received a mixed-up package at their door and suspected a burglar was breaking in, officials said.
Gino Colonacosta, 73, and his son opened fire Saturday morning after they got a Ring doorbell notification about someone at the front door of their Winter Haven apartment around 7 a.m., Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. That person was a neighbor who received a medicine delivery for the Coloncostas at his home, and being “a good Samaritan” he took the medicine and hung it on the Coloncosta’s front door, Judd said.
But after receiving an alert from their Ring doorbell camera, after Gino grabbed his cane, the father and son exited their home, armed with .45 caliber firearms searching for a person they suspected to be a burglar, according to the sheriff’s office.
Gino reportedly found a vehicle with tinted windows in the parking lot in front of the building. Assuming the person inside was a burglar, he approached and started demanding the person get out.
The woman inside, who had just returned home and was checking messages on her phone before going inside, put her vehicle in reverse to try and get away from the apparently random, armed person yelling outside of her car.
When the vehicle passed by the teen, he began shooting at the passenger side. The victim swerved, hitting a parked vehicle, which then hit another parked vehicle. As the victim drove away, Gino and his son continued to shoot at the car. One bullet went through the empty child seat in the rear of the vehicle. The victim was able to get to a nearby gas station and call for help.
The two fired a total of 7 shots.
Gino is looking at delinquency or dependency of a child, possession of firearms by minor under 18 prohibited, solicitation, and conspiracy, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempted felony murder, culpable negligence, discharging firearm in public or on residential property, improper exhibition of dangerous weapons or firearms charges.
The son in training, is charged with possession of firearms by minor under 18, solicitation, and conspiracy, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempted felony murder, culpable negligence, discharging firearm in public or on residential property, and improper exhibition of dangerous weapons or firearms.