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Police have charged a driver who allegedly shot and killed a woman in the city’s Central Park last month.
The 39-year-old, identified by police as Anthony R. Martinez, was charged with second-degree murder Monday and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Martinez is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
He was released on $2 million bond.
Police said Martinez pulled over a woman for driving erratically in the area of 8th Avenue and E. Florida Street shortly after 2:30 a.m. on July 31.
A witness said Martinez pointed a gun at the woman, pulled out a .45-caliber handgun and fired multiple shots.
He then sped away.
He drove a white, four-door Ford Fusion on E. 8th Street, police said.
The woman died at the scene.
Authorities have not yet released a motive for the killing.
Martinez was booked into the Orange County Jail on Thursday and is scheduled for a bond hearing.
Police were investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, according to a statement from the Orange Police Department.
“This incident is one that we take very seriously and we are conducting an internal investigation to determine if the shooting was racially motivated,” the statement read.
“We will not tolerate violence against anyone and will bring to justice anyone who is involved in any type of criminal activity that results in the death of another person.
We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to bring to light the truth.”
The Orange Police and FBI are leading the investigation into the shooting.
“The Orlando Police Department takes all matters involving individuals with a criminal record seriously,” a police statement read on Thursday night.
“Anyone who has any information regarding this case should contact the OrangePD Homicide Bureau at 407-327-9283.”
In the months following the shooting, Martinez was also arrested on unrelated charges and has been placed on administrative leave.
“Anthony Martinez is an American who was released from jail after being arrested on charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest,” Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a statement.
“He was arrested at a hotel in Orlando after a domestic violence call was made and he is now in jail awaiting his first court appearance.”
The incident comes on the heels of a fatal police shooting in Dallas, where police shot and wounded a man who they say opened fire on officers in the back.
On Wednesday, a gunman opened fire in a church parking lot in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people, including nine women and children.