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Man shot at Altamonte Springs Waffle House provoked shooting, arrested on attempted homicide charge, police say

A man who was shot in March during an altercation at a Waffle House in Altamonte Springs was arrested after an investigation found he was the aggressor, according to the Altamonte Springs Police Department.

Vandrae Wright, 29, was arrested on charges of attempted homicide, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon, tampering with evidence and firing a weapon in a public place. A second shooter, Tasheem Selwood, left the scene unscathed and was not charged after the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office determined he acted in self-defense, police spokeswoman Evelyn Estevez said.

Police arrested Wright after witness statements and surveillance video showed the suspect instigated the shooting. Authorities said Wright repeatedly provoked Selwood inside and outside the restaurant, “at one point lifting up his shirt displaying the grip of a handgun.” The two shot at each other in the restaurant parking lot, with a bullet hitting Wright in the stomach.

He was taken to the hospital while police searched for Selwood, according to an April 5 press release. Officers said Wright tried to throw his gun away, which they later found nearby.

Wright, who according to jail records is also facing weapons charges in Volusia and Orange counties, is being held at the Seminole County Jail without bond.

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