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Florida Man Shoots Up AT&T Utility Trucks (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A 64-year-old man was filmed shooting up two AT&T utility trucks in front of his home in Hialeah, Florida, on July 19 (video below).

Police said the shooter, Jorge Jove, did not like the bucket trucks sitting in front of his home, so he used a handgun to shoot out the tires and even put a few through the grilles toward the radiators and engines, notes the Miami Herald.

Jove was filmed by an AT&T worker, Derrick Taylor, who was on his phone reporting the gun fire to police:

There’s a guy shooting out my tires... There's a guy shooting out the tires, and he's shooting the engines on the trucks and everything... Shooting with an actual gun, a revolver... No one is injured, nobody is even near him, but he's still shooting the truck right now... Someone’s up in the bucket truck right now, and he can’t come down because he’s shooting the truck.

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Hialeah Sgt. Carl Zogby told the Miami Herald via email: "Apparently the homeowner was upset the trucks were parked in front of his driveway."

Zogby recalled more of the incident to WSVN:

The owner of the house came out. He was upset that the trucks were parked in front of his house, asked them to move. They said, "We’ll move in a few minutes. We’re just working on the poles. We’re supposed to be here." He went back into his house, came out a few moments later with a gun and started firing at both AT&T trucks that were on the scene.

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He flattened their tires, he shot into the bodies of the trucks, he shot out one of the radiators of the trucks. We're trying to determine now whether he was actually intentionally trying to shoot the workers or just shoot the vehicles. He seemed to be a quiet man, and something made him snap. today

Luisa Morales, a neighbor, told WSVN in Spanish: "Never, never. This man is impeccable. He's a retired firefighter. He's an impeccable man."

Morales recalled that Jove had a confrontation with AT&T employees before: "They had a discussion because he didn’t want them in front of the driveway. It has happened before, and they had to repair it, and he asked them to remove the truck out of the driveway."

In a statement, AT&T said: "We’re grateful nobody was hurt, and we’re working with law enforcement in their investigation. Because there’s an active investigation, I need to refer you to them for any questions."

Jove was taken into police custody and questioned.

Sources: Miami Herald, WSVN / Photo credit: Mike Mozart/FlickrGuns & Ammo, Wild about Things

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