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Damian DeRousha, 43, is charged with gunning to death 31-year-old Donald Geno “point blank” Thursday morning at a Volusia County vehicle repair facility in Daytona Beach.
Police were summoned to the scene along Lake Road shortly after 10:39 am to receive reports of multiple gunshots and a male victim “bleeding profusely.”
Officers arrived and found Geno unconscious on the ground in a pool of his own blood. He had been shot several times and then he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Meanwhile, DeRousha, a father of two, was arrested at the scene and charged with first degree murder.
After the shooting, he reportedly dropped his gun and sat in a white truck, waiting to be pulled over, Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
Later, the suspect told police that he “lost his mind”, having discovered earlier that morning that his wife was allegedly having an affair with Geno.
The second man who called 911 was with Geno before first responders arrived.
“He’s barely conscious,” the man is heard saying, panic evident in his voice. “He is losing a lot of blood.”
The man later described that Geno was “bleeding profusely” but other coworkers were doing their best to help.
Despite efforts to save his life, Geno died in a local hospital. The 31-year-old was a county mechanic who “loved his job,” family members said.
Meanwhile, DeRousha worked at the maintenance facility as a special projects coordinator and was hired by the county in 2003, police said. The shooter’s wife, who was not named, also works at the facility as an inventory control specialist.
Matt Phillips, the defense attorney representing DeRousha, said in a statement: “My client told you that he became aware of a relationship between this other individual and his wife and that it led to this tragedy.”
DeRousha reportedly confronted his wife via text message moments before shooting Geno.
He later told investigators: “I went crazy,” according to a police report.
DeRousha worked in the maintenance facility as a special projects coordinator and was hired by the county in 2003, police said.
Phillips said he will investigate his client’s mental state to see if he could provide a defense for DeRousha.
A GoFundMe created to help DeRousha’s children read and pay their legal fees says: “Anyone who knows Damian knows that this is not who he is.”
Volusia County spokesman Gary Davidson said officials are “extremely shocked and saddened” by the shooting.
The county has reportedly mobilized its critical incident stress management team as well as additional resources to help provide emotional support to employees.
County Manager George Recktenwald also released a statement describing how shocked the facility’s employees were after the shooting.
“This is a terrible tragedy and we are still processing the events of today, supporting our county family at this difficult time and mourning the loss of one of our own,” he wrote in his statement.
DeRousha appeared in court for arraignment on Friday.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, police said.