March 22, 2016
Sorry, I shouldn’t laugh.
But it is a pretty funny story.
A Florida man accused of shooting a bystander while firing at his girlfriend told deputies he offered the victim $400 and a cup of water but did not call 911 or help stop the bleeding.
Jakell Ward, 21, and his girlfriend were arguing inside his apartment on Friday before she went to leave, after he allegedly threatened to kill her, when he fired at her multiple times, deputies said.
The bullets missed his pregnant girlfriend, who was not injured, and one instead went through her car and struck bystander Brian Mortensen in the chest, The Orlando Sentinel reported.
At the time, Mortensen was installing a fence at a school near Ward’s apartment complex, Magnolia Court Condominiums.
Mortensen, whose lung reportedly collapsed and who had a bullet lodged near his heart, was transported to Florida Hospital in grave condition.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputies said in a report that Ward told them he tried to offer Mortensen $400 as ‘compensation for the injuries.’
‘This is just so uncalled for, so dangerous,’ Jane Watrel, a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, told WSOC-TV of the shooting.
Ryan Hippchen who owns Dave’s Fence, the company Mortensen was working for as he put up the fence, said Mortensen’s wife had a baby just four days ago.
Hippchen also said the victim was working with his brother when the shooting happened that afternoon.
‘We care about him deeply. You never think this would happen,’ Hippchen told WSOC-TV.
He added: ‘His brother was here working with him today and was the one that saved his life is what they said.’
Mortensen remains in hospital in critical condition with his family by his side, according to the station.
After the shooting, Ward allegedly went back to his apartment to hide his .45 HI-Point pistol, according to the report.
In video footage, Ward is seen after the shooting as he is taken to a police car.
When asked if he has any remorse for his actions he is seen telling WSOC-TV, ‘I feel sorry for the victim I shot.’
Ward reportedly denied threatening to kill his girlfriend but is said to have corroborated the rest of the report she gave to deputies.
Ward’s girlfriend had left the scene after the shooting while other witnesses called 911 before she returned when deputies arrived to give her account of what happened.
Authorities said the couple might have been arguing about Ward’s marijuana use when she told deputies she noticed he was getting angry, and knew he had a pistol inside their apartment.
So when he allegedly threatened to kill her, she left and went to her car as he reportedly followed her out to the parking lot with his pistol, according to the report.
She said after she got into her car, that is when he fired several rounds, according to the Orlando Sentinel.