UPDATE 1/17/20: Deputies identified the second victim of the deadly New Year’s Eve shooting on Edgewater Drive as Marlon Thomas, 44.
A man has been arrested in connection with the double homicide of two men on New Year’s Eve at The Spot on Edgewater Drive.
Handel Newell, 33, who some call “Indian,” has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Tuesday evening. He is being held in Orange County Jail without bond.
Officials said they found two victims at the scene suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the victims was pronounced dead on the scene. The other victim, 39-year-old Joseph Broady, died at an area hospital.
A security guard told deputies Newell fired gunshots in the parking lot because he was mad that Broady was inside spending money, instead of paying him back $15,000.
Video shows Newell arriving at The Spot around 2 a.m. the night of the shooting.
Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office were called to North Gate Plaza on Edgewater Drive around 4:30 a.m. in response to a report of shots fired.
As the club was closing down, gunfire erupted and people scattered out the front and back doors, which investigators later saw on surveillance video obtained from the laundromat next door. About 250 partygoers were in attendance that night, according to Sgt. Jamie Hoffman.
A security guard for The Spot told deputies that Newell had been kicked out of The Spot four months earlier.
Broady had a clean record minus traffic tickets, Channel 9 News found out.
The club owner said armed security guards patrol the parking lot, and people were patted down before coming inside. There have been 39 calls for service at The Spot in the past two years, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
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