41-year-old Jose Amaro was arrested Sunday after shooting his 17-year-old step-daughter during an argument about Trump and the situation in Puerto Rico.
“All parties involved had been drinking and appeared intoxicated,” the Volusia Country deputy wrote in the incident report. Amaro pushed his brother-in-law and went into the house to get his handgun. As bystanders attempted to restrain Amaro, he fired a shot into the yard.
The bullet hit Amaro’s 17-year-old step-daughter in her right knee. When police arrived at the scene, Amaro was trying to treat the girl’s wound.
Jose Amaro faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The victim was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford with non-life-threatening injuries.
Violence has been rising steadily since Trump’s election, especially hate crimes. In 2015, Donald Trump said he would be the “great unifier.”