An employee who left his bakery job almost two years ago came back early Saturday and confronted the owner before shooting him in the arm, police said.
Carlos Gilberto Serrano-Morales, 34, of Gainesville, is accused of shooting his former employer at 4 a.m. at Bakery Mill & Deli, at 1143 NW 76th Blvd., said Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Art Forgey. He was arrested after a three-hour long standoff with officials and charged with attempted first-degree murder. The motive is unknown, Forgey said.
The bakery owner was throwing out trash in the back of the store when he noticed Serrano-Morales’ car driving toward him, Forgey said. Serrano-Morales drove up to the owner and asked if he remembered him.
The owner said he did remember him and threatened to call the police if Serrano-Morales didn’t leave. Serrano-Morales is accused of driving away, then turning around and shooting at the owner several times with a handgun, according to the sworn complaint.
The owner was hit in the arm, fell to the ground and hid behind a van, Forgey said. Serrano-Morales began to drive away again but turned around and shot at the owner multiple times but missed, Forgey said. He left after shooting a total of three rounds at the owner.
Serrano-Morales drove home while the owner drove himself to North Florida Regional Medical Center, deputies said. A bullet shattered the owner’s left arm, according to a sworn complaint. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later discharged from the emergency room.
Deputies found Serrano-Morales’ car in the parking lot where he lives on the 6800 block of Southwest 4th Place and surrounded the building. Serrano-Morales hid in an attic until about 8 a.m. when he came outside, Forgey said.
Gregory Allen Foreman, 29, and his girlfriend, who live in the same building as Serrano-Morales, knew Serrano-Morales was in the attic, according to an arrest report. Foreman was also arrested for resisting without violence.
His girlfriend, whose name was redacted from the report, was given a sworn complaint for helping Morales into the attic, Forgey said.
Serrano-Morales was also charged with possessing a weapon as a felon and violating probation. In 2016, was found guilty of stealing a laptop from an apartment and was sentenced to three years probation, according to court records.
He is being held in Alachua County Jail, and his bond is set at $1.25 million, records said.