Orange County Sheriff Deputies are searching for the gunmen responsible for shooting two men at a Pine Hills Shopping Plaza early Sunday morning. The two men were discovered by authorities slouched in the front seat of a sports car in the middle of a parking lot.
Detectives say gunfire erupted just before 3 this morning at the Mandarin Shopping Plaza on Colonial and Kirkman Roads. Deputies identified the two victims as 18 year-old Bazelais Beaudouin and 23-year-old Gerald Fleming.
Both were found in a late model maroon porshe that was parked in the shopping plaza. The parking lot is a popular after-hours hangout to many patrons who attend nearby nightclubs in the area.
Investigators spent over 6 hours gathering evidence from the scene and processing thru the vehicle the two victims were discovered in. Beaudouin's older brother talked with FOX 35 as he and dozens of family members waited at a nearby parking lot until the Medical Examiner removed his body.
"My brother didn't deserve this. He didn't deserve to die. I miss my brother so much," said his older brother named O.J.
Detectives are still working on a motive for the shooting. Loved ones of the youngest victim believe the cold-blooded murder is possibly a case of mistaken identity.
They tell Fox 35, that Beaudouin and Fleming were borrowing the luxury sports car from a mutual friend. But we understand from family that the owner of the sports car became involved in an altercation with a group of men a day earlier.
Since both victims were sitting in the car, the victim's family believes the gunmen shot at the car believing the owner of the vehicle was inside. This, however, has not been confirmed to us by the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
His older brother O.J. describes his younger brother as kind, funny, with an easy-going personality. On this day, he is begging for anyone to come forward with information that can lead to justice being sought for little brother.
"Please, anybody who saw something to come forward and call police. I know somebody seen something," he said.
The two victims Sunday morning makes it the third man to be found dead in the Mandarin Plaza in less than 6 months. 20-year-old Kennedy Olistin was found shot dead in the plaza back in June.
Investigators are also hoping the public will help them with finding the person or people responsible. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office or the Crimeline at 1(800) 423-TIPS as soon as they can.