Deltona, FL – The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and United States Marshals team up to arrest a 28-year-old man for a drive-by shooting last month, one which detectives say was sparked by a UPS package.
Michael D. Lawson Jr. was taken into custody this morning (November 16th) at a home on West Nemo Drive in Deltona.
VCSO spokesperson Andrew Gant says Lawson is facing second-degree murder in the October 13th incident at a home on Buccaneer Drive, one which was caught on video by the home’s Ring security system.
“[The] home was shot [at least nine] times through the front door and window,” Gant noted. “A 12-year-old child was playing Fortnite in the living room at the time, but wasn’t injured. However, with bullet holes found inside the home, detectives believe multiple gunshots narrowly missed him.”
Investigators think Lawson used a rented vehicle to drive by and shoot the house up with an AK-47 in retaliation for someone at the home taking a package which was meant for him.
VCSO has released a photo of Lawson which shows him holding an AK-47 and ammunition which matches what was used in the shooting, but the agency didn’t specify if it was the actual gun used.
Lawson’s also charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He’s currently under a $150,000 bond at Volusia County Jail.
In addition, VCSO has charged a woman living at the Buccaneer Drive home – 24-year-old Gabrielle Lombardi – with providing false information to law enforcement during a felony investigation and tampering with evidence.
Lombardi – who is the girlfriend of the 12-year-old’s father – deleted the video of the shooting from her Ring account, but investigators were able to find it anyway, according to Gant.
“The parties involved in the case were not overly cooperative with the investigation,” Gant noted.
Lombardi has yet to be booked at VCJ, according to jail records.
Lawson has two prior bookings at VCJ, including one in August 2013 for conspiracy to traffic MDMA – better known as Ecstacy – and in June 2010 for domestic battery.