Hundreds march after deadly parking spot shooting

Hundreds march after deadly parking spot shooting

Upon seeing Drejka screaming and cursing at Jacobs, McGlockton shoved him to the ground.

Footage of the shooting was recorded on CCTV outside the convenience store and shows Mr McGlockton rushing back inside the building while clutching his chest. A man who frequents the store said he had a run-in with Drejka just one month ago.

Witnesses told deputies the two were arguing because Drejka was upset the woman parked there even though she wasn't handicapped.

Two of McGlockton's children, a four-month-old and a three-year-old, were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Floridians have always had the right to defend themselves, but the state's "stand your ground" law says people who believe someone is trying to kill or seriously harm them don't have an obligation to retreat before using deadly force.

Sheriff Gualtieri said the sheriff's office doesn't make the law, they just enforce it.

After the shooting, the 5-year-old witnessed Jacobs applying pressure to his father's wound with a shirt.

Surveillance video taken from the Circle A convenience store in Clearwater showed Markeis McGlockton, his girlfriend Britany Jacobs and their three young children pulling into a handicapped spot.

"McGlockton approached Drejka - he didn't waste anytime getting to him - and then he pushed him", Gualtieri said, adding that there was no verbal exchange between the two men.

"There was no physical violence", said Gualtieri.

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should", he said. The father ran back into the store where he collapsed and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Those who saw video of the shooting have also disagreed that it was a case of "stand your ground".

Hundreds of protesters called for an arrest in the case. "And those are the facts and that's the law".

The shooter is protected from arrest under the "Stand Your Ground" law and on Saturday, people gathered at the scene of the shooting to protest the Florida law.

'No matter how you slice it or dice it that was a violent push to the ground.

However, attorney Rickman said the sheriff might have left the door open for prosecutors to charge Drejka. That pause gives me pause. His attorneys did not use "stand your ground" as a defense at trial, but the law still became a flash point as part of a larger national conversation.

Prior to Gualtieri's announcement Friday, Jacobs told the newspaper that McGlockton died from a "wrongful death" as a result of Drejka's actions. "I need something to be done because this is not right".

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