Five men are being charged in a home invasion case in Glen St. Mary, Florida. On Sunday at about 4 a.m., a voice outside a mobile home was heard to shout “Sheriff’s Office!” Moments later, a masked gunman burst through the door and fired a single round. Two of the three men in the residence returned fire. One was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and other man had a pistol. Emerging from two bedrooms, the residents fired multiple rounds at the masked intruder and two other assailants, according to a police report.

In a Facebook post, the Baker County Sheriff’s Office wrote: “The suspects forced their way into the residence and confronted the occupants, David Boldry (22yo w/m), David Johnson (21yo m/m), Matthew Cornish (19yo w/m), and Justin Raulerson (18yo w/m), who were awaken [sic] by loud noises and yelling. The occupants of the residence realized they were being threatened, armed themselves, and exchanged gunfire with the suspects.” 

The masked gunman and two other assailants fell wounded to the floor, having suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Retreating to a bedroom, the residents of the trailer called 911 emergency assistance. None were wounded. "The feud was fueled by derogatory and threatening rhetoric between the two groups on social media platforms and eventually escalated to this shooting," the Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook.

The residents of the trailer told deputies that they had acted in self-defense. The man wielding the rifle estimated that he fired 30 rounds until the threat was abated. AR-15 before the threat was over.

One of the intruders, Corey Lauramore, died of gunshot wounds to the head. He and four others were detained in a vehicle that deputies intercepted. A 16-year-old boy, as yet unidentified, remains hospitalized. William Lauramore, who was also in the vehicle, was treated and released to police.

On the front steps of the home, investigators found a significant amount of blood at the front door step, a blood-stained face-mask, and a 380 caliber handgun. Investigators also found an AR-15 rifle and a 9MM handgun inside the home.

The five men facing charges belonged to a group of seven that went to the mobile home under the cover of darkness to confront the men there. Joseph Albino, 24, Zachary Bell, 20, Cayden Lauramore, 15, William Lauramore, 24, and Christian Watkins, 19, are charged with home invasion. Additional charges are pending. Watkins, Albino, and Bell gave conflicting testimony to police, but coincided that they had no idea that the others in their posse had weapons, according to the police report.
 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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