The Orlando Sentinel is reporting this morning that an elderly man reportedly pointed a handgun at a Lake Mary couple during a dispute over a disabled parking space at Animal Kingdom earlier this week according to records from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The 62-year-old woman and her 60-year-old husband were visiting the park Sunday when the altercation occured.
The woman driving was waiting for a car to back out so she could take the spot in the parking lot when a a man driving a gray SUV from the opposite direction sped up and tried to cut them off to get the space. The driver, described as in his 70s with a full, gray beard, almost crashed into them, she said.
Her husband raised fist at the SUV driver who responded by lifting what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun above the steering wheel and pointing it at them, the couple said in their report to the Sheriff’s office. The passenger in the SUV, however, disputes the account from the couple. Authorities located the SUV driver at the security checkpoint at the park with his passenger, a 65-year-old woman from Greensboro, N.C. The woman told authorities he made an angry gesture with his wallet, not a gun. She also said they were concealed weapon permit holders and they did have a gun in the vehicle. The Sheriff’s department report acknowledged that the SUV driver holding his wallet on the steering wheel “possibly could have resembled a ‘square flat’ gun magazine’” as the woman described.
The sheriff’s office did obtain a search warrant from a judge to search the man’s vehicle, but the incident report redacted about what, if anything, was found. The Sheriff’s Office has forwarded the case to the state attorney’s office to decide if any charges will be filed.