GRAND RIDGE, Fla. (WMBB)– According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, an 19-year-old man is dead after a shooting that took place Saturday evening around 8:30 p.m.
The shooting occurred at John Thomas Porter Recreational Complex in Grand Ridge. According to Deputies, the victim and the suspect knew each other and had decided to meet up at the park.
Deputies are still investigating the motives behind the shooting, but the victim was shot with a firearm and the suspect is currently detained at this time.
The investigation is ongoing and the identities of the suspect and victim have not been released at this time.
Deputies have identified the victim as , 19-year-old, Blake Cain and the suspect, 20- year-old, Steven Mantecon. According to deputies, the two had engaged into a verbal altercation earlier in the day which led to the shooting.
Both Cain and Mantecon agreed to meet at Porter Park to engage in physical combat. When they met at the park a verbal altercation ensued which led to Mantecon leaving Porter Park.
Approximately 10-15 minutes later Mantecon returned to Porter Park, armed with an semi automatic rifle. Witnesses stated that Mantecon opened fire into the crowd striking Cain. Mantecon also struck three vehicles, one of which was occupied at the time. No other injuries were noted by the witnesses.
Deputies located Mantecon at his residence on Shady Grove Road in Grand Ridge. Mantecon was taken into custody without incident and transported to Jackson County Correctional Facility to wait first appearance.
Mantecon has been charged with an open count of murder. More charges are pending at this time.