Deputies are in the process of securing a second search warrant to search the residence for drugs.
A midnight gun fight on the street of a Palm Coast neighborhood resulted in two men being taken to the hospital with severe wounds, according to Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly.
Shortly after midnight on Monday, Nov. 13, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Flagler County Fire Rescue responded to 28 Seamanship Trail after receiving multiple calls about shots being fired at the residence.
Staly said deputies found a wounded Tristan George, who lived at the residence with his mother and a roommate who was renting space at the home. The other victim, Michael McRoberts, was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler by a then-unknown civilian.
The civilian, later identified as Brooklyn Marino, was seen on surveillance camera dropping off McRoberts at FHF and left without giving her information to hospital staff. Deputies are actively searching for Marino as a person of interest in the case. Marino is believed to be driving a silver 2013 Nissan Altima with Florida Tag IISS74.
As for George, who was shot twice, and McRoberts, who was shot once: They were eventually moved to Halifax Health with critical but not life-threatening injuries. The investigation was delayed because McRoberts, who turned out to be a fugitive from the county with active felony warrants for his arrest, had given investigators a false name. McRoberts was on violation for probation of grand theft.
Staly said both victims weren’t forthcoming when questioned by investigators.
“They were either trying to hide that one was certainly wanted or they were trying to hide criminal activity,” Staly said. “And all of that is part of the investigation.”
After securing a search warrant for the residence, Staly said investigators recovered a gun used in the shooting inside the residence. Deputies aren't sure if multiple guns were used in the shooting. In addition, investigators also discovered an undisclosed amount of pills and marijuana in plain view, leading deputies to believe that the victims were involved in some kind of illegal activity. Staly said the FCSO received a tip two days ago about multiple cars coming and going from the residence.
“The community and neighbors tend to know when something’s not right, and we appreciate them letting us know. That’s how we make a lot of drug cases,” he said.
However, Staly said the investigation is still on-going and that he is not ready to say the shooting was drug related. However, deputies are in the process of securing a second search warrant to search the residence for drugs.
“If you deal in the criminal underworld, this is a hazard of your occupation,” he said. “We believe, once we secure this other search warrant, we will get to the root cause of what caused this shooting.”
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Marino, call FCSO at 386-313-4911 or call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida to remain anonymous.