Suspected robber shot by elderly man

by CARLOS E. MEDINA, OCALA STAR-BANNER  |  published on March 13, 2013

James Stevens said he knew something wasn’t right when he noticed a 2010 Kia following his vehicle Sunday night for about 20 minutes.

Stevens, 81, wasn’t going to lead the man to his home, so he pulled over in a field in the 5500 block of Northwest Second Place. When the Kia also stopped, Stevens armed himself with a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and got out of his truck, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Stevens told investigators that the driver of the Kia – later identified as Lonnie Lorenza Hollingsworth Jr., 28 – got out of the vehicle, approached him and demanded “everything you got,” reports state.

“I didn’t want to shoot him, but I had to. I shot him,” Stevens told deputies as he pulled out the revolver from his pocket.

Four rounds appeared to have been fired from the six-shot gun, according to evidence photos.

Hollingsworth was shot once in the abdomen and was lying in the grass motionless when the first deputy arrived. The deputy began performing CPR until an ambulance arrived and paramedics took over. Hollingsworth was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition Monday afternoon.

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