JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A man was arrested and charged with one count of murder after officers said he shot and killed his former supervisor at a landscaping business near The Avenues Mall on Wednesday.
Ezequiel Lopez, 24, who is not a U.S. citizen, told police he planned to shoot 55-year-old Andrew Little at B&L Landscaping because he felt disrespected by him.
Little was a supervisor and 20-year employee at the landscaping business. Officers said Lopez shot Little once in the back.
A bullet also grazed Little's cheek. There was a struggle, then Lopez's gun malfunctioned.
Little died at the scene.
Lopez heard sirens and tried to run.
Joshua Curry worked with Lopez and said he grabbed his gun from his car after he heard his co-workers yell "active shooter!" He said he held Lopez at gunpoint until police arrived.
Officers said Lopez shot Little because he thought Little treated him differently than other employees.
Lopez worked at the business for six years. He'd recently been moved to a different work group from Little's.
Officers said Lopez is not a U.S. citizen and it will be up to Immigrations to investigate.
Curry said Lopez had problems with everyone with whom he worked and recently had been picking random fights with his co-workers.
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