Bartow police investigate fatal shooting

BARTOW - Bartow Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting.

The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. at 525 W. Vine St., police said. The victim was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, but he did not survive.

Police say Binicio Gonzalez, 29, and friend Apolinar Perez, 39, were at Perez's home with two of his co-workers.

At some point Perez and his co-workers got into an argument at which point Perez went into his bedroom and got a gun.

When he came back out he intended to use the gun to scare the other those he had been arguing with, but Gonzalez started to intervene. The two men fought back and forth before the gun when off, hitting and killing Gonzalez.

The others fled from the scene.

Police are still actively working this case and hoping to locate those that fled.

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