ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police say the first homicide victim of 2019, a 16-year-old boy, was shot and killed while trying to steal a cell phone.
So far, no one is facing any charges.
Police said two days after Wednesday’s shooting that it started as an “e-commerce” sale in the 800 block of Polk Street in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood.
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16-year-old Denim Williams met a man and a pregnant woman that were trying to sell a cell phone, police said. According to investigators, the husband shot his firearm at Williams during the transaction while Williams and possibly one other person were attempting to steal the phone.
Police released 911 calls from the moments after the shooting, including one from the man claiming he was robbed.
"As soon as I unlocked the phone, the other guy acted like he was reaching for something. That's when my wife did what she had to do," the man told a 911 dispatcher.
"Did the person who robbed you have weapons?" the dispatcher asked.
"We think so because he came out with his shirt up like something was under his shirt," the man said. He added later: "We discharged our firearm on them when I thought he was pulling a firearm on me."
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