Fireworks stand employee charged with two counts of attempted murder after firing gun outside fireworks tent

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Kevin Anthony Jordan, 43, was arrested last night after allegedly firing a gun during a dispute with two people outside a fireworks stand on NW 13th Street.

Late Saturday evening, a Gainesville Police Department officer responded to the fireworks stand at 2826 NW 13th Street, where the female victim said she had been walking through the parking lot near the fireworks tent when Jordan approached her. She said she never approached Jordan, but he kept telling her to stay away from the tent. She said the male victim started arguing with Jordan because Jordan was disrespecting her, and then Jordan got up close to her face and the male victim punched Jordan to make him back off.

The female victim said Jordan pointed a handgun at them, so she ducked down and ran away. She said she heard a gunshot and looked back to check on the male victim before running away.

The officer reported that a shell casing was found in the area where the victims said the shooting occurred.

The male victim reportedly told the officer that he was at Wawa, on the other side of the street, when he noticed the female victim had left. He said he saw her walking across the street and followed her; he said they were heading back toward the nearby tent where they sleep because they are homeless.

The male victim said he saw the female victim talking to Jordan and that he did not appreciate the way Jordan was speaking to her, so he intervened; he said Jordan “flinched at” him, so he punched him. The male victim said that after he punched Jordan, Jordan pointed a handgun at them, and they ran. He said he moved to the side to avoid being hit by the bullet before he ran.

The officer reported that when he arrived, he saw Jordan getting out of a vehicle and walking toward the fireworks tent. He said he asked Jordan about the handgun, and Jordan said it was in the vehicle and gave consent to search the vehicle. The officer reported finding a handgun with a round in the chamber and bullets that matched the casing that was found in the parking lot.

Post Miranda, Jordan reportedly said he was working at the fireworks stand and stopped the male victim to talk about an earlier incident in which the male victim had argued with Jordan’s wife. He said he was having a casual conversation with the male victim before the female victim interrupted the conversation; he said he turned around to speak with the female victim, who was “yelling and causing a scene.” He said the male victim hit him in the back when he turned to speak with the female victim, and that “stunned” him. He said he didn’t know what their intentions were, so he took out his gun and shot into the air to scare them away. He said he never pointed a gun at the two victims.

Jordan has eight misdemeanor convictions (none violent). Judge Mark Moseley set bail at $100,000.

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  • I know Kevin coaches a lot kids in the area football and basketball….the thing that sticks out the most about this is the supposed victims are homeless…..I think kev was in the right and sounds like self defense to me …….

    • If he would have pulled the gun in defense fine but he was in a parking lot that probably is private property but technically is in public. He cranked off a round in the air (his words) one that trigger is pulled you can’t call a bullet back. That bullet has to land somewhere. What would have happened if it came back down and hit a innocent person in the head. Owning and possessing a gun is a huge responsibility. Maybe that why many gun stores and firearms instructors recommend training before you carry. All I can tell you is a look at his criminal court records show a lot of crimes that may preclude someone from purchasing a gun. Also his criminal background would come into play with a grand jury if he was to have shot and killed someone.

      • But he didn’t kill anyone nor did he shoot anyone, he was punch so he pulled his fire arm in protection. Firing a warning shot in the air is not attempted murder the judge is overstepping

      • Kevin is 43 y/o and has zero felonies and only 8 misdemeanors. He is entitled to have a gun. BTW, your IFs don’t mean anything.

        • Kevin has been arrested for 6 felony cases. 2005 -agg assault, assault during a burglary, 2008 – habitual DWLSR, 2010- habitual DWLSR, Possession of cannabis over 20 grams, 2010 -Habitual DWLSR, 2011 – Habitual DWLSR, 2019 – Carrying a Concealed Firearm. Now in his defense these cases were dropped or transferred. He also gas several other criminal traffic citations, and misdemeanor arrests. Again he has not been convicted of any felony. All I’m saying is that people are making this guy out to be a saint and the simple question of how he owns a gun was asked. The ATF form is pretty clear about certain felonies, and other crimes in which he could be sentenced ATF Form 4473 – Firearms Transaction Record (ATF Form 5300.9)I still stand on the fact that the warning shot was reckless and could have injuried a innocent bystander. But that is for the courts to figure out. It’s just my opinion and perspective.

  • I am curious about this guys background. He has criminal cases going back to 2005 ranging from felony arrests, drug charges, domestic violence, and traffic charges. A lot of them are on the state attorney for not following through. But I would like to know how he was able to purchase a firearm with the drug charges, and domestic violence charges. He would have had to pull a HUNTER and lie on the ATF form. A little more investigation may need to be done.

    • To add to your comment about that ATF form…I wonder how many realize that if you are medically prescribed cannabis and purchase a firearm then the Feds can prosecute you as a felon too. Form 4473 was revised a few years ago to include the following wording:

      “f. Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?
      Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”

      • Agreed. It used to be if you had a medical card in Florida you could not get a CCW, but that may have gone to the wayside too. I’m not fond of the ATF Rules but if you buy a gun in a store you have to fill it out truthfully like it or not. I would not want to be that guy being compared to Hunter Biden in the media.

      • You really trust the federal government with your constitutional rights deciding if you are guilty or just charged for something?

  • Could have been interesting if he fired the gun inside his place of employment and ignited his wares. . .

  • You’d think a fireworks seller would do background checks or just OPEN THEIR EYES at job applicants, right? Nope, not when lawyers run your country, folks 👿🤡👺👹ACLUSPLCDNC

  • The two homeless victims kept coming into the firework stand to do what it wasn’t to buy anything mr Jordan was defending the Business the story is all messed up when Mr Jordan went to go ask them not to come back the male victim started being aggressive and showing aggressive behavior I think the suspect reacted appropriately there were 2 against 1 when the little fight broke out

  • Don’t laugh at this guy. Many years ago the jail director was a convicted felon. He had killed someone in Chicago when he was a teenager. 2 of our county commissioners knew about it when he was hired. Take care now.

  • I feel bad for this guy. I don’t care what his past was. He is a working, productive citizen in this community. The victim, a homeless person, claims he “DISRESPECTED” her so her male friend hit him. In light of recent events where other homeless people attacking innocent people, I would have thought my life was in danger. Yes, he should not have fired the gun. I don’t know what I would have done but I definitely would have felt threatened by the two “victims”. It was just a few weeks ago, a man shot an innocent man taking a nap in a motel room. The shooter shot through the window. This was just a few blocks away from the fireworks tent. There are some mentally unstable people living on the streets that are allowed to bully innocent people. This is ridiculous and the commissioners and Mayor are responsible for this nonsense.

  • Kevin is a good person he cares about the youth in our community and always gives back his time coaching, mentoring, and grooming the young men that don’t have guidance or a father figure in their lives. For y’all to judge him and not know him is beyond me.

  • I don’t care what his past is. Mr. Jordan is stand-up guy I’ve known him for a very long time. Yes, he has gotten into trouble, but in the past few years, he’s completely changed his life. He’s about his children, wife and his family. Do not judge a book by cover. He has an organization working with children in the community. He’s applied himself, And he deserves to be respected, no matter what He looks like.

    Watch the support he’s gonna get from the community. The charges aren’t gonna stick. And I pray that they don’t offer him a plea deal, which I’m sure are reasons behind all the charges he already got.

    #FreeJit #selfdenfense #GPDcorruptanyway

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