Man Shot In His Palm Coast Home, Allegedly By Daughter’s Boyfriend; Search On
FlaglerLive | May 19, 2011
Last Updated: May 22, 8:51 a.m.
Update: The suspect, William Copeland, was arrested the evening of May 21 in Volusia County. The story here.
A man was shot in his home on Leidel Drive in Palm Coast around midnight during the night of Wednesday to Thursday (May 18 to 19) by an assailant alleged to be the boyfriend of the man’s teen-age daughter, who lives in the house.
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The victim, Accursio Venezia, in his late 40s or early 50s, was shot in the shoulder and was said to be recovering. Family and friends from his congregation at Calvary Christian Center in Ormond Beach were at his side Thursday at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, where he was airlifted.
The shooting took place at 49 Leidel Drive in northwest Palm Coast, in a subdivision of middle class homes and empty lots. Police recovered a weapon, according to Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming. The suspect is not in custody. Fleming said police are searching for an 18-year-old black male. “We’ll try to get him arrested before the end of the day,” Fleming said.
Just before 5 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as William R. Copeland, 20, of 29A Bunkerview Drive. The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect, who has been charged with attempted murder and shooting into a dwelling. Copeland, a native of Roanoke, Va., has been jailed in Flagler County three times, including twice for criminal violation of a protective injunction–in September and July 2010. In October 2007, he was briefly jailed for criminal mischief.
Aida Dali, who lives across the street and one house down from the Venezias’ two-level, 2,900-square-foot house, said she was watching television in her room when she heard the shooting. “It was just really three quick shots. That’s it. Exactly it,” she said. Dali immediately turned off the television, turned off the lights, and looked out her window, which gives on to the western side of the street, away from the Venezia house. She saw a black, relatively new pickup truck drive down the street, turn on a driveway, and drive off rapidly.
Deputies did, in fact, recover three .32 caliber shell casings on the patio if the home, according to a sheriff’s release this afternoon.
A bullet hole is clearly visible through the bay door leading to the back porch. The glass door is lacerated from the shot, but not shattered. There was no home invasion during the shooting.
Dali said the Accursio home is busy with teen-age children—active boys, normal boys”—who play basketball outside during the day, but are quiet at night.
The neighbor immediately facing the Accursio home said he was sleeping at the time of the shooting, and didn’t hear it. He said he’d seen a sheriff’s deputy at the house the previous day, and that there had been occasional issues with the daughter’s boyfriend. The daughter and the boyfriend have a toddler together.
Venezia is originally from New York. Josephine, his wife, owns Divine Treasures Resale Boutique, which just opened in March in the Sunrise Plaza on Florida Park Drive in Palm Coast. The store, usually opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., was closed Thursday afternoon.
There’s been numerous incidents involving firearms in Palm Coast over the last several weeks, including two random shootings–one in the gated community of Tidelands, another on Burma Place–, last weekend’s three-hour stand-off in the Woodlands, involving a despondent man who’d holed himself in with a firearm, an armed robbery at the State Road 100 CVS in Flagler Beach, an “accidental” shooting in West Flagler, and a man’s allegedly pistol-whipping his girlfriend and firing seven shots on Wendlin Lane in mid-April. But the shooting on Leidel Drive is the first that led to an injury since the murder-suicide on Palm Coast’s Barkwood Lane in late March.