Sheriff lays into 'way out of control' Florida father and son who police say shot 7 times at an innocent woman after they got a Ring doorbell alert: 'What kind of craziness is that?'
MSN 27th Nov 2022
The FBI searched former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump confirmed in a statement on Monday.
"These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home...is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents," the statement read.
The search was first reported by Florida Politics.
During Trump's presidency, the exclusive resort was often referred to as "the winter White House."
Now, it's just his house.
Following the end of his presidential term, Trump decamped to the ornate resort. Reports in 2020 of construction work at the family's on-property living quarters and Melania Trump touring a local school (presumably for son Barron) stoked rumors of the move long before it was official. Neighbors even publicly spoke about wanting Trump to stay away, though it clearly didn't deter him.
Mar-a-Lago has hosted a number of high-powered visitors over the years, as it has seemingly always served as the Trump family's gilded weekend getaway. Mar-a-Lago has served as a lavish backdrop to host important dignitaries with its elaborately decorated halls. It was built to impress.
Case in point: the property was closed for 57 days amid the pandemic after visitors like the press secretary to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazil's Chargé d'Affaires Ambassador Nestor Forster tested positive for the coronavirus in March.
Here's a look inside the sprawling complex, which was built in the early 20th century, where the Trumps have hosted opulent holiday parties and watched Super Bowls alongside members of the exclusive private club.
A Florida father and his teenage son are facing attempted murder charges after police say the "way out of control" pair shot at an innocent woman seven times while they "searched people out to shoot them."
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called the Saturday morning incident "really, really stupid" and "among the craziest stuff I've seen in a while" as he lashed out at the dad and his son for the crime.
"What I am about to tell you, you just absolutely cannot believe," Judd told reporters during a press briefing on Monday as he detailed the bizarre incident.
Gino Colonacosta, 73, and his 15-year-old son wielding .45 caliber guns opened fire on a woman sitting in her car about 255 feet away from the Colonacosta's Winter Haven apartment after they were alerted through their Ring camera doorbell that someone was at the front door, Judd said.
The chaos unfolded around 7 a.m. Saturday when a "Good Samaritan" neighbor dropped off a package of medication at the Colonacosta's front door after it was accidentally delivered to him and went home, the sheriff said.
"So what do they do? They think they're being broken into," Judd said of the father and son. "Are you kidding me?"
That's when police say an armed Colonacosta and his son went outside looking for someone they thought was trying to break into their apartment.
Suddenly, a woman playing on her cell phone as she sat in her car "minding her own business" looked up and saw Colonacosta "standing at the back of her vehicle with a gun pointed at her screaming for her to get out of the car," said Judd.
The woman, believing she was about to be carjacked, then frantically backed up her vehicle, causing her to crash into the car behind her, according to the sheriff.
Colonacosta's son heard the "commotion" and thought "our victim is trying to back into him" so he began shooting and then his dad also opened fire, Judd said.
"The two of them shot at an innocent lady sitting in her car where she had the right to be looking at her cell phone," said Judd who explained that though they fired seven times, the woman managed to speed off uninjured and call the police.
The woman "was in fear for her life," according to a police report obtained by Insider.
Judd said the woman was "close to death" as he noted that one of the bullets tore through a baby's car seat in the back of the car and got lodged in the driver's seat.
"Here you've got these two guys who are way out of line, way out of control, they don't understand the Florida law," railed Judd.
Judd continued, "In Florida, we have a wonderful Castle Doctrine law. We have a wonderful Stand Your Ground law. That doesn't mean you can go search people out and shoot them. That's what they did. They searched people out to shoot them."
The sheriff said that the father and son did not have a prior criminal record.
"Our goal is for them to go to prison," said Judd. "You don't shoot at people. You don't leave the security of your home and chase people down. That is not appropriate. What kind of craziness is that?"
In addition to charges of attempted felony murder, Colonacosta and his son are now facing a slew of charges including, possession of firearms by a minor under 18, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and culpable negligence, records show.
It was not immediately clear whether the father and his son had retained an attorney.
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Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh slammed his party's "silence" on former President Donald Trump's recent dinner with white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
Walsh, who previously represented a suburban Illinois congressional district, blasted the Republican Party for not issuing a stronger rebuke against the dinner, as Fuentes is known for his denial of the Holocaust and other white nationalist views. Rapper Kanye West, who has faced criticism for recent antisemitic comments, was also present at the dinner.
"The problem isn't Trump having dinner with a white supremacist Holocaust denier. That's who Trump is. The problem is REPUBLICAN SILENCE after finding out Trump had dinner with a white supremacist Holocaust denier," Walsh tweeted on Saturday. "Regarding Trump, Republican silence has always been the problem."
Walsh, once an ardent Trump supporter, has now emerged as a vocal conservative critic of his. He unsuccessfully challenged Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination and has spoken out against the former president on several occasions, as well as the direction of Republican Party.
The problem isn’t Trump having dinner with a white supremacist Holocaust denier. That’s who Trump is. The problem is REPUBLICAN SILENCE after finding out Trump had dinner with a white supremacist Holocaust denier.
Regarding Trump, Republican silence has always been the problem.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel responded to Walsh's comments in a statement to Newsweek.
"As I had repeatedly said, white supremacy, neo-Nazism, hate speech and bigotry are disgusting and do not have a home in the Republican Party," McDaniel told Newsweek on Saturday.
Trump's controversial meeting comes after he announced his 2024 presidential bid earlier this month, even as many in the GOP turned away from him due to Republicans underwhelming results in this year's midterms.
Fuentes gained notoriety after attending the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. During one livestream, Fuentes compared the mass genocide carried out during the Holocaust to baking cookies in an oven, Newsweek previously reported. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as a "white nationalist livestreamer" and an "outspoken admirer of fascists such as Mussolini."
Trump has defended the dinner, saying he "knew nothing about" Fuentes before the meeting, in which he said he urged West not to run for president.
"This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago," the former president wrote on Truth Social on Friday. "Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about. We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport."
West said Trump was "really impressed" by Fuentes in a video posted to his Twitter account. The former president has not publicly responded to West's claim.
"Trump is really impressed with Nick Fuentes," West said. "And Nick Fuentes, unlike so many of the lawyers and so many of the people that he was left with on his 2020 campaign, he's actually a loyalist."
Meanwhile, some Republicans have denounced Trump for meeting with Fuentes.
First, @RepMTG and now, @realDonaldTrump hanging around with this anti-Semitic, pro-Putin, whiupremacist. This isn't complicated. It's indefensible. https://t.co/Y3Jgc0p4eK
"First, @RepMTG and now, @realDonaldTrump hanging around with this anti-Semitic, pro-Putin, white supremacist. This isn't complicated. It's indefensible," tweeted Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a Trump critic.
We'll live to regret the mainstreaming of hate & bigotry. Turn a blind eye enough times, & it's no longer something we can dismiss as a shameful error in judgment — it becomes who we are.
The GOP needs to loudly & unequivocally condemn Trump for meeting with both Ye & Fuentes.
"We'll live to regret the mainstreaming of hate & bigotry. Turn a blind eye enough times, & it's no longer something we can dismiss as a shameful error in judgment — it becomes who we are. The GOP needs to loudly & unequivocally condemn Trump for meeting with both Ye & Fuentes," Alyssa Farah Griffin, who served as the White House Director of Strategic Communications in the Trump administration, tweeted.