Fellsmere: Shooter said he was tired of “basers” disrespecting him

On 10/12/16 at approximately 5:40 am, officers responded to 1034 Grant Avenue in Fellsmere to investigate the report of a shooting at that location.

Upon arrival, officers located the victim who told them that a man known to her as “Zoe” just shot a gun at her residence while she was inside her bedroom.  The victim said she knew it was “Zoe” because she saw him ride in front of her house on a bicycle and said “hey” to him through the window.  She then bent down to pick up an article of clothing from the floor and while doing so, heard several “pop” sounds coming from his location.

Fellsmere: Shooter said he was tired of “basers” disrespecting him

Fellsmere: Shooter said he was tired of “basers” disrespecting him

The victim said she thought “Zoe” had thrown fireworks at her window and went outside to investigate at which time she saw “Zoe” peddling his bicycle away in the dark.

While outside, the victim noticed several shell casings on the road in front of her home and realized the noises she heard were not fireworks but gunshots so she called 911 to report the incident.

Officers canvassed the area and through witness interviews determined that “Zoe” was a Haitian male who was a day laborer and could possibly be located at his place of employment on S. Pine Street in Fellsmere.  They police was told that he wore his hair “tied up in to three poofs”.

Upon arrival at that location a person matching the clothing and hair description was found and detained without incident.  He was identified as Jean Yves Toussaint.

Toussaint was interviewed and confessed to officers that he fired a gun at the victim’s home.  He said he shot at the house because there have been several women “trespassing” at his home where he lives with other day laborers.  He referred to the women as “basers”, a slang term for drug addicts, and said he was tired of them “disrespecting him” by coming to his home and destroying his and his roommate’s property.

He cited a recent example where one of the “basers” “cut up” a pair of boots and a belt that belonged to one of his roommates and admitted to shooting in to the home to “scare them into not disrespecting him anymore”.

Fellsmere: Shooter said he was tired of “basers” disrespecting him

Fellsmere: Shooter said he was tired of “basers” disrespecting him

During a search of Toussaint and his backpack, officers located a smaller green cloth bag containing a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a six-round capacity magazine inserted.  An inspection of the firearm revealed it to be loaded with one round in the chamber and one round in the magazine.  10 additional rounds of ammunition were found in an ammunition box also contained in the green cloth bag.

A check of Toussaint’s criminal history revealed him to be a convicted felon.

Officers also located under 20 grams of marijuana contained in one of the back packs outer pouches.

An IRCSO Crime Scene unit processed the scene.  During that process, four .380 shell casings were located on the street in front of the victim’s home and the gunshot evidence to the home was located, photographed and collected.  It was noted that one round traveled through the bedroom window where the victim stood and greeted Toussaint just prior to bending down to pick up the article of clothing.  That round was collect from a wall inside the home.

Toussaint was arrested on the following charges:

-Aggravated assault (felony)
-Shooting a deadly missile into an occupied dwelling (felony)
-Possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon (felony)
-Discharging a firearm in public (misdemeanor)
-Possession of under 20 grams of marijuana

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