A man from Middleburg, Florida was apprehended and charged after allegedly firing several shots at a local Christmas parade, claiming to be upset at the behavior of those in attendance, as stated by law enforcement officials.

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Identifying The Suspect

The suspect, identified as Douglas Moore, 43, was taken into custody on Saturday. He faces charges of six counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Douglas ,, Clay County Sheriff's Office.
Douglas Moore Clay County Sheriff's Office.

When Did The Shooting Happen?

The incident took place in the 4100 block of County Road 218, amidst the Middleburg Christmas Parade. Upon hearing multiple gunshots, SWAT team members and deputies promptly arrived at the scene.

Law enforcement officials claim Moore became agitated by the activities generated by parade attendees, subsequently discharging a pistol several times and encroaching on a nearby property where a crowd had gathered. The arrest report emphasizes that none of the bystanders or witnesses had trespassed onto Moore's land.

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As deputies arrived on scene, they encountered several people confronting Moore, demanding an explanation for his actions. According to the report, Moore refused to follow deputies' instructions to get on the ground, prompting them to forcefully take him into custody. They also reported observing signs of inebriation such as slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes.

Following The Incident


Despite the alleged shooting, no injuries were reported, and none of the bystanders were struck by gunfire. Following the incident, Moore was transported to the Clay County Jail.

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