LEE COUNTY, Fla. - It's been four weeks since bullets flew through the House of Brewzat Gulf Coast Town Center. The alleged shooter,Jose Martins remains in North Carolina where he was picked up by police.
WINK News spoke to Martins' father Carlos who just traveled to Lehigh from his home in Philadelphia. "We never expected Jose to snap like that, for his mind to become so damaged," Carlos Martins said.
Pictures show a different side of Jose Martins, happier times, before Carlos says something changed. "When I received that call, it was a tremendous shock."
The night before Thanksgiving, deputies say 33-year-old Jose Martins walked into House of Brewz and started shooting. Deputies say he used to work there and may have been trying to kill the manager. No one was hurt and Martins was arrested days later in North Carolina. "Nobody getting hurt.To me, it's a miracle and I thank God for that because firing all those bullets in a place like that," Martins said.
Jose Martins said he knew his son had issues and was even forced to call the FBI after Jose threatened his own family and others."He is my boy," Carlos said."He has mental problems. He needs help."
Carlos Martins flew to North Carolina to see his son before driving his car back to Lehigh. At a time when families are together for the holidays, he's asking parents to not stay silent when they see trouble. "It was a shock to see that my son really did it," Carlos Martins said. "One really never expects that they are going to do it. But the thing is, they will do it."
Martins said his son is still in North Carolina, under doctors' care. He said his son is aware he'll be extradited back to Lee County to face authorities. How soon that will happen is unclear.