ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Stunning new cellphone video could help authorities identify a suspect in connection with a shooting this weekend at an apartment complex near the University of Central Florida.
The video was taken early Saturday morning at the Gatherings apartments along Gathering Drive near University Boulevard, authorities said.
Investigators believe a passenger hanging out of a pickup truck and opening fire was the same man who shot and killed 24-year-old Brandon Benjamin, following an argument at the end of a party.
A person who intended to record the block party at the Gatherings ended up documenting moments that could help investigators solve the murder.
The cellphone video captured gunfire ringing out Saturday morning.
The person recording the video drops his phone in a panic.
Moments later, there are more shots.
The gunfire killed the 24-year-old Full Sail student.
Benjamin was left to die in the road.
Authorities believe he was just an innocent bystander.
"This is just a terrible, terrible thing that has happened to this young man who was doing nothing more than attending a party," said Jane Watrel, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "We need to find out who did this to him and this video is just a key piece of evidence."
According to investigators, a group of people
was leaving a party when an argument broke out and shots were fired. Investigators have not said what the argument was about.
The pickup truck involved in the shooting is described as light-colored and "rough-looking" with rust on the body.
Also in the video, a red Honda Civic can be seen driving away. Authorities are also looking for the driver of that vehicle.
WFTV learned Benjamin was a recording arts student at Full Sail. Benjamin came to Orlando from North Carolina.
In a makeshift memorial, his friends laid flowers and candles at the spot where he was killed.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS.