• Deputies: Two persons of interests questioned in DeLand killing

    By: Lauren Seabrook , WFTV Web Staff


    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A 26-year-old man was fatally shot Thursday evening near DeLand, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

    The victim, Bryant Bell, who is a transient, collapsed shortly after 8:30 p.m. outside a home on South Florida Avenue near West Haven Road, deputies said.

    "It scares me because I work right down the road, and you never know what's going to happen anymore," resident Kathy O'Brien said.

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    Ball, who was drunk, walked down South Florida Avenue and started mouthing off to a man near a fence, deputies said. The man beat up Ball and when Ball began name-calling, another man came out of a mobile home and fired several rounds at the victim, deputies said.

    "This isn't a drug deal gone wrong. This is, 'I got a gun and how dare you call me names, so I'm going to shoot you,'" Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. "This underscores something that you see every day. Human life on the streets is cheap."

    Two people who are considered persons of interest live at the home where Bell died are being questioned, deputies said.

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    The shooting remains under investigation.

    No other details were given.

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