VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – A Deltona man is charged with attempted second-degree murder in a shooting Thursday morning that critically injured his daughter’s ex-boyfriend. In addition to the attempted murder charge, Todd Powers, 46, was charged with possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon and discharging a firearm in public.
According to authorities, Volusia Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 3049 Waterman Street around 9:30 a.m. Thursday after the shooting was reported. The victim, a 23-year-old man from DeLand, had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was lying in the driveway when deputies arrived.
The victim was transported to an area hospital and detectives began investigating what led to the shooting. It was determined that the victim came to the house to see his ex-girlfriend, because the two were still friends. When he arrived in the driveway, though, he was first met by her father, Powers, and brother, when a verbal altercation began.
The brother told detectives the argument became physical when the victim punched him and he punched back, and they ended up fighting on the ground on the driveway. According to authorities, detectives did not find any signs of injuries to either person, and no other signs of a struggle or evidence of a fight were evident. The brother explained when the physical fight ended, the two separated, and he went inside while his father stayed out in the garage area.
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Shortly after that, several gunshots were heard, followed by a 30- to 45-second pause, and then more gunshots. Some of the shots could be overheard on the 911 call reporting the shooting, followed by a male voice yelling: “I don’t know what he thought was going to happen.”
In addition to interviewing the parties involved, detectives interviewed neighbors and reviewed audio recordings captured in the area. The investigation indicated that Powers fired at the unarmed victim several times over the span of several minutes, an extended timeframe during which detectives said Powers was not under threat.
Powers was additionally charged with violation of probation on a prior charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he was being held on $126,000 bond. The victim was listed in critical condition as of Thursday evening.