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Sanford police: Apartment shooting not case of 'stand your ground' law

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SANFORD, Fla. - Sanford police said an overnight shooting is not a case of the "stand your ground" law.

Detectives said Corey Rose was pistol-whipped at the Cedar Creek apartments on Hartwell Avenue, and he then shot the man who attacked him. 

However, Rose is the one facing charges.

Police said 30-year-old Rose was outside his apartment when he heard two people yelling.

According to an arrest affidavit, Rose "wanted to be nosy and see what the altercation was about."

That's when police said one of the men in the argument, Brandon Long, pulled out a gun.

"He was trying to fire at him as the white guy was walking away and everybody was yelling at him, 'Turn around! Turn around! He is trying to shoot you!'" Cedar Creek resident John McCrone said.

Investigators said Long called Rose a racial slur and pistol-whipped him, breaking the gun.

However, the reason why Sanford police said it's not a case of "stand your ground" is because Long ran away and hid behind a car, but Rose, who also had a gun, followed him and shot him until Long collapsed.

"That's not 'stand your ground.' That's attempted murder," said Sgt. David Morgenstern of the Sanford Police Department.

Long is in stable condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center and Rose is behind bars.

But residents said Rose shouldn't be in jail because Long pointed the gun first.

Police disagree.

"If you are standing your ground, you are standing your ground. You are not running after somebody," said Morgenstern.

Rose is in jail with no bail on charges of attempted murder and not having a concealed weapons permit.