ORLANDO, Fla. — A man is in the hospital after a shooting in the parking lot of an Orlando nightclub early Sunday, according to police.
The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the GILT nightclub near Baldwin Park on Bennett Road near East Colonial Drive around 2:30 a.m., police said.
Police said Peter Palacios, 23, told investigators that he was defending himself after a fight outside the club, but when he returned to police headquarters for a follow-up interview, he was arrested, because witness accounts contradicted his story.
Jose Garcia said he witnessed the shooting.
"All I heard was five gunshots, five gunshots going off. So it was five gunshots, bop bop bop, uh the cops started going towards where the gunshots were. It was like five minutes later, another five gunshots went off,” he said.
Palacios faced a judge Monday morning.
"My mom is getting me an attorney, so she's getting me a lawyer," he told the judge.
The shooting victim is expected to survive, police said.
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