ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - Twin brothers accused of shooting and killing a man outside a busy store in Altamonte Springs knew the victim, Channel 9 has learned.
Police said Christopher Rodriguez and Manual Rodriguez, both 19, fired several rounds when they shot and killed 22-year-old Tevin Davis as he was walking in front of a Best Buy with a friend on Monday.
Police found 10 bullet shells in the road and one bullet lodged in a white van in the parking lot. They said Davis’ body was lying in the outside westbound lane of State Road 436.
“They were firing across 436, and those bullets were stray bullets,” said Robert Pelton with the Altamonte Springs Police Department.
When police responded to the scene, witnesses, including the victim’s friend who was not hurt, told them the Rodriguez brothers pulled up in a tan Chevy, exchanged words with the victim and started firing.
Investigators said there were plenty of witnesses, which is how they were able to identify the brothers as suspects so quickly. Both men went before a judge Tuesday and were denied bond.
According to a police report, the victim's friend told detectives Davis was concerned when he saw the brothers' car, saying he had robbed someone in the vehicle earlier.
Davis, who had a long history of arrests on drug and battery charges, tried to run but couldn't get away, authorities said.
Neither brother has confessed to the shooting, but a public defender argued none of the witnesses could identify Manuel Rodriguez.
"There are no witnesses who saw him, there are no witnesses who identified him," the attorney said.
Family members of the suspects said only that they were supporting the brothers.
"We love them. That's all they need to know, that their family loves them," said one family member.
Both are charged with first-degree murder and are being held in the Seminole County Jail.
Neither brother has a criminal history, Channel 9 learned.