ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — One person is dead after an early Saturday morning shooting in downtown St. Augustine.
The shooting happened at about 1:50 a.m. outside of Dos Gatos bar on Hypolita Street, according to the St. Augustine Police Department.
Two men began fighting outside of the bar, when one of the men pulled a gun and shot the other multiple times, the SAPD said. The victim died at the scene.
Police confirmed to First Coast News that the victim was Adam Amoia.
A person of interest is in custody, the SAPD said.
“It’s very unusual. It’s a tourist town, pretty quiet, everybody knows everybody, so for this to happen, it’s going to shock a lot of people in the community," Officer. Dee Brown said.
Both men are locals, police said.
“We walk these streets every night with the dogs, and we were just shocked something like that could happen here. It’s very unusual," Michelle Trainor said. “I honestly was very surprised. I live right down the street. We live and work in this neighborhood.”
Michelle Trainor owns Adventure Pets in downtown St. Augustine.
“We consider it to be very safe," Trainor said. “It’s definitely very tragic. We feel so awful for the people that were involved or who may have witnessed that last night, but we are glad to hear that it’s an isolated incident.”
The cause of the fight is not known at this time. The shooting remains under investigation.
Amoia's best friend, Seun Sobanjo, said he was a man that would do anything for anybody.
“A lot of people say he was a good dude," Sobanjo said. He’s a good guy, but [...] really genuine like I can’t express it enough."
Sobanjo says he still can’t wrap his mind around his friend's passing.
“I even was like no this isn’t true. Even if this story is true, he made it out somehow because that’s the type of guy Adam is," Sobanjo said. "He may have had a scratch or something and I genuinely believed that for a solid 20 minutes."
After hearing confirmation Sobanjo says he was lost for words.
“I’m trying to compose myself right now but just know I'm literally getting nauseous right now it’s tough," said Sobanjo.