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Man caught breaking into car fires gun found inside, police say

Passing vehicle hit driver's door, interrupting burglary, GPD says

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 23-year-old man was arrested in Gainesville early Monday morning after he broke into a car and used a gun he found inside to fire at another vehicle that hit the car's door while he was rummaging inside it, the Gainesville Police Department said.

Quentin Grogan is charged with armed car burglary, firing a weapon from a vehicle, criminal mischief property damage and petit theft.

According to police, the car's driver left the car in an on-street parking space on University Avenue while he visited the Salty Dog.

Grogan opened the driver's door of the car and began rummaging through it when a passing vehicle hit the open door as it drove by headed west, police said.

The people in the passing vehicle turned around to talk to Grogan, who they believed to be the owner of the car, but Grogan pulled out a handgun he'd found in the glove compartment of the car and fired at the other vehicle, police said.

The people in the other car drove away in fear and called 911, police said.

Officers found the burglarized car with Grogan still inside it. When they searched him they found a wallet and a cigar cutter that belonged to the car's driver in Grogan's pocket, police said.

The victim told police he did not know Grogan or give him permission to enter his car.

Police said Grogan also fired two rounds from the victim's gun into the floor of the car, damaging it.

Grogan is being held in the Alachua County Jail on $20,000 bond.