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Clermont One wanted from gas station shootout

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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 6:00 am

One suspect has been arrested and Lake County deputies have identified a second suspect in a shootout last week that left a convenience store and cars riddled with bullets.

Howard Hermando Villegas, 26, of Clermont, was charged with two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle, one count of shooting into an occupied structure and aggravated assault with a firearm. Villegas was released from the Lake County Jail after posting a $44,000 bond.

Officials said Thursday they are still looking for the second shooter and driver, William Christopher Dejesus, 31.

The shootout occurred May 30 at the Sunoco gas station at 940 U.S. Highway 27.

According to sheriff’s detective Clay Watkins, there was an ongoing feud between two groups. One group of five people in a silver Chevy Impala parked at the Sunoco about 1:30 p.m.

Dejesus and Villegas reportedly pulled into the parking lot in a Toyota pickup truck and began shooting at the occupants of the Chevy, which was parked at a pump. They reportedly circled the store before fleeing the scene.

A flat tire caused by the shootout apparently prevented the Chevy from leaving before deputies reached the scene. A second car in the parking lot, a black Honda Civic, was also struck by bullets.

Watkins said the truck was later discovered by officials in the nearby Cagan Crossings apartment complex. Detectives believe Dejesus was trying to hide the vehicle.

Watkins said blood discovered in the truck likely came from an injury Dejesus received from a ricocheted bullet.

No bystanders were hit.

Villegas turned himself in on the charges, but on Thursday detectives were still looking for Dejesus.

Watkins said detectives are still trying to determine the source of the feud, but both groups have alleged ties to drug activity.

“We still have to dig deeper,” he said.

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