A man who once led a faction of the Bloods gang in Trenton was shot dead by a Florida casino security officer last weekend after he accidentally fired a gun in the arcade.
Bayshine Leary, 42, died at the crime scene at around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning at Q-Time 777 in Lake City, about an hour’s drive west of Jacksonville.
Leary was involved in an argument at the casino, was asked to leave and did, but returned a short time later with a gun and aimed it at a woman in the casino, the Columbia County sheriff’s office said.
Witnesses told investigators that Leary tried to shoot the woman at close range, but the gun did not work properly. Then he opened fire and randomly shot several times. A security guard hired him and the two exchanged shots. Leary was the only person who was hit by gunfire, the office said.
The sheriff’s detectives are investigating the involvement of a second person who was with Leary at the time.
It’s unclear where Leary just lived.
In the mid-2000s, when the city was ravaged by factional gang violence, Leary was a leader of the gangster Killer Bloods, also known as G Shine, authorities at the time said.
His criminal past is vast and violent. He was tangentially charged when he shot aboard an NJ Transit bus in town in 2005 that wounded a rival alleged gangster and a 12-year-old Hamilton girl.
The then 17-year-old Leon “Budda” McClendon, who was later convicted as a bus shooter, was arrested the day after the crime with Leary in a vehicle with the 9-millimeter gun he used. Leary claimed to own the gun, later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
After jail, Leary shot and killed a man in Trenton in 2012 and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was released in May 2016. Later that year he was accused by state probation officers of holding a firearm in his townhouse, a weapon they found while visiting.
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