Brevard man arrested after opening fire at woman in a vehicle

By Greg Pallone, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, January 08, 2018, 3:32 PM EST

A Brevard County man is charged with two counts of attempted murder after gunfire erupted early Tuesday morning in a 55 and over community.

  • Brevard man charged with 2 counts of attempted murder
  • Incident happened in 55 and over community
  • Suspect allegedly shot at vehicle ex-girlfriend was in

The incident happened in Lamplighter Village off John Rodes Boulevard near Melbourne around 3 a.m.

Investigators said the back window of a vehicle had been shot out. The man they allege is responsible is 31-year-old Paul Faiola.

Faiola reportedly had a dispute with his ex-girlfriend down the street at a relative's home where he had been staying, according to deputies.

When the woman got into a car with another person to drive away, Faiola began firing off rounds from a handgun, hitting the back car window, with stray bullets striking a lamp post, leaving a gaping bullet hole.

No one was hurt in the shooting.

"As soon as I heard it, I knew it was gunshots — no mistaking the sound," said Paul Harris, after a slew of gunshots rang out feet away from his Windshore Court home.

He was startled out of bed from the noise coming from the street just feet away.

"Loud enough to wake me out of a dead sleep," he said.

By the time Harris came outside, deputies had swarmed the area.

"Saw someone kicking casings off the road so the cops couldn't even see there was a shooting here," he described.

Investigators say Failoa told them he threw the gun in a small canal nearby. Dive team members spent the afternoon scouring the waters for the weapon with no luck.

Failoa is charged with two counts of attempted murder. He heads to court Tuesday.