• Man killed inside 'Happy Place' bar; Third shooting since July at troubled bar

    By: Kevin Williams , Jeff Deal , Samantha Manning


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a deadly shooting inside a bar with a history of recent issues.

    Deputies were called to the Happy Place bar near Orange Blossom Trail and Southland Boulevard around 5:40 a.m. Monday.

    Adrian Peralta, 24, was pronounced dead the scene, Channel 9’s Jeff Deal learned.


    Deputies have not yet said what led to the shooting.

    "Our detectives are here on scene. They will be reviewing any surveillance videos and they are interviewing witnesses that were on scene," said Orange County sheriff's office spokesperson Ingrid Tejada-Monforte.

    This is the third shooting at the bar since the beginning of July. On July 9, a man was shot to death and four others were injured, including a security guard, outside the bar.



    A 55-year-old innocent bystander was shot outside the bar on Sept. 10 after a confrontation between a security guard and another person in the parking lot.

    Records show the landlord has been trying for months to get the bar owner evicted.

    An attorney filed an eviction notice on Aug. 2, a few weeks after the shooting in July that killed one man and injured four others including a security guard outside the bar.

    The case was still pending during the Sept. 10 shooting when an innocent bystander was shot after a fight between a security guard and another person in the parking lot. 

    In a motion filed on Oct. 5, an attorney for the bar owner claimed he was being wrongfully evicted.

    The case is still pending

    This is a developing story. Stay with WFTV.com and Channel 9 as we work to learn more information.

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