A Gainesville man tasked to babysit is now facing two attempted murder charges Tuesday night after a shooting that injured a 1-year-old boy and his father, the Gainesville Police Department said.
Darrell Wilson, 26, fired two shots at father, Torrance Lee, while he was holding his son in his arms. The boy was hit in the face and Lee was hit in the abdomen, police said. Both are expected to survive.
Lee was in the process of dropping off his son to be baby sat by Wilson when he suddenly “got offended” after seeing the father hugging and kissing the boy.
According to Wilson’s arrest report, Lee and the boy’s mother, Naya Lee, were dropping the boy off at Wilson’s house Tuesday night to be babysat when Wilson took offence to the father hugging and kissing the boy. Wilson, who has babysat the child on several occasions and was reportedly in a relationship with Naya Lee, grabbed the boy out of Torrance Lee’s hands, according to the report. Torrance Lee got out of the car to ask Wilson what was wrong, and Naya Lee took the child from Wilson and handed him to Torrance Lee to hold, the report said. As she was doing that, Wilson got a handgun and fired the two shots, police said. source
The boy and Torrance Lee were both wounded and were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Lee was reportedly in stable condition and the infant suffered a non-life-threatening injury, police said.
Police said Wilson admitted to firing the shots and that he told investigators “he acted in self-defense because (Torrance Lee) walked toward him with a mean look on his face.”
Police said a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was found in Wilson’s home.
Wilson is being held without bond in the Alachua County Jail.