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Wounded tow truck driver speaks out on shooting

Posted at 2:50 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 08:33:00-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The tow truck driver shot in Lehigh Acres last week believes the person caught on camera shooting him during an act of road rage should be facing a more serious charge.

The suspect, 21-year-old Lester Bermudez-Lozada, is charged with aggravated battery.  But the victim is taking to Facebook, to demanding justice.

In surveillance video posted to his Facebook page, you see Ray Claiborne next to his tow truck in the seconds before and after he was shot.

Claiborne writes in some detail about what happened, saying "I was shot over a 10 second argument...I never pulled a gun a knife or any kinda of weapon...I tried telling him to go around several times and he did not listen."

Lee County Sheriff's investigators say Bermudez-Lozada was so frustrated that Claiborne's tow truck was blocking the driveway that he shot him.

Claiborne writes "I  didn't realize it but he had his gun in his hand the whole time waiting to blast me down for no reason."

Bermudez-Lozada was arrested and charged with aggravated battery.

Claiborne, who is home and recovering from a gunshot wound to his hip, believes he could've been killed in the attack.  And he says Bermudez-Lozada should face tougher charges.  "It's really not fair and crazy that he is only being charged with so little just because I'm not injured worse."

The State's Attorney's Office has not yet had a chance to review this case.  But between now and Lozada's arraignment in 30 days, they will review it and could change the charges.

Claiborne writes that after what he's been through, he's already started the process to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.