Arguments led to neighbor's shooting death, deputies say

A deputy with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office detains Randall J. Smith in relation to a shooting on Northwest 69th Drive in Gainesville on Monday.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 9:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.

Randall Smith was spraying herbicide on some poison ivy along the edge of the drive, a report said, when he heard his neighbor's truck coming down the road Monday afternoon.

After living next to each other for 10 years, Smith, 54, of 5425 NW 69th Drive, and Michael Carreiro, 47, of 5725 NW 69th Drive, still argued about Smith's efforts to maintain the easement along Northwest 69th Drive.

Carreiro had threatened him before, Smith would later tell investigators, but no physical violence had ever occurred, an Alachua County Sheriff's Office report said.

Smith was walking back to his house around 4:34 p.m. when he heard the truck door open. He turned around to see Carreiro walking briskly toward him, so Smith put down his sprayer and put his hands up, the report said.

"What the (expletive) are you doing?" Carreiro yelled at him.

Smith said Carreiro then told him he was going to kill Smith and his family. Deputies said Smith put his hands behind his back and took his gun from its holster.

Carreiro's last words were a taunt. Smith "wouldn't use the gun," Smith recalled Carreiro saying.

Smith fired rapidly from around 20 feet away. One, two, three, four … 12 shots, until Carreiro was still, facedown on the ground with his arms tucked underneath him, the report said.

Smith walked closer to Carreiro and paused for a moment. Then, he fired two more shots into Carreiro's back, the report said.

Smith called 911 and said he had just shot someone. When deputies arrived, he was still on the phone with a dispatcher and followed instructions to put down his firearm.

Carreiro was lying on Northwest 69th Drive near 14 shell casings. Emergency responders tried to save Carreiro, but he died 17 minutes after the shooting at 4:51 p.m., the report said.

Smith was booked into the Alachua County jail at 12:23 a.m. Tuesday on homicide charges and remains there in lieu of $1 million bond.

In August, Smith filed for an injunction for protection against Carreiro, but it was denied the same day, Alachua County court records show. Carriero was previously arrested and found guilty in 2010 of aggravated stalking, four counts of criminal mischief and one count of fraud, court records show.

Smith also had a concealed carry permit for his weapon, the report noted.

Cars lined Carreiro's property Tuesday afternoon. A man on the property who identified himself as Carreiro's uncle would say only that the family was grieving and confused about the situation.

Karen Adamson, who recently moved into the neighborhood, said she had no idea her neighbors were arguing over property lines.

"I'm the newbie in the neighborhood, so the whole thing came as a shock," she said. "Randy had just welcomed us into the neighborhood, but we still hadn't met (Carreiro)."

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