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Shooter Says Boss Wasn't Respectful; Lopez Charged with Shooting Foreman at B&L Landscape Wednesday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Shooter Says Boss Wasn't Respectful; Lopez Charged with Shooting Foreman at B&L Landscape Wednesday

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Byline: Tiffanie Reynolds

The man charged in Wednesday's shooting death of his boss at a Jacksonville business told police he felt disrespected.

Lt. Steve Gallaher of the Sheriff's Office said the victim, 55-year-old Andrew William Little, was Ezequiel Soriano Lopez's foreman at B&L Landscape Co. on Spaner Road off Philips Highway and Southside Boulevard.

Lopez, 24, who had some previous run-ins with co-workers and particular issues with Little, is accused of shooting him once in the back.

Police said several people were arriving to work between 6:30 and 7 a.m. when it happened. After Little was shot, they tussled and another attempt to shoot him failed as the gun apparently malfunctioned, Gallaher said. Little died at the scene.

Lopez said he was treated differently and wasn't paid on par with co-workers, the lieutenant said. Before the incident, Lopez was moved from Little's team to a different crew. He had worked there for six years; Little had been there about 20. …

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