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Sheriff releases 911 calls from shooting at Holiday chiropractor’s office

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Published:   |   Updated: February 25, 2014 at 05:46 PM

HOLIDAY — The moments following last Monday’s shooting inside a Holiday chiropractic office were frantic and caught on 911 calls from inside the business.

The calls were released Monday by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Three 911 calls were received following the shooting. The first call came in at 11 a.m.

A male caller, who was not identified, was inside Dr. Lenny Linardos’ office, 1817 U.S. 19 in Holiday, when Jaime Velez, 34, was shot multiple times at the West Coast Spine and Injury Center by Linardos, 46.

Linardos was questioned following the shooting and later released. The sheriff’s office has classified the incident as self defense and said no charges are likely to be brought against Linardos.

“There’s gunshots and we’re at the chiropractor’s office on 19,” the male caller said in the opening moments of the 911 call from inside the office.

In the background of that call, another man can be heard barking out orders to another person.

“Don’t move! Don’t move! Do not move,” the voice in the background yelled. “You don’t have another gun on you?”

A female inside the office can be heard screaming, “Oh my God.”

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office said the dispute between Linardos and Velez arose when Linardos told Velez’s girlfriend, who is Linardos’ patient, of Velez’s infidelity, the sheriff’s office said.

Velez, according to the sheriff’s office, was having a relationship with a woman who worked in the office.

Velez went to the chiropractor’s office just before 11 a.m. that Monday wearing rubber gloves with a gun tucked in his waistband, according to the sheriff’s office.

He walked into the business and went inside Linardos’ office. Following an exchange of words, Linardos fires several shots, striking Velez, according to the sheriff’s office.

The caller told the 911 operator: “The guy came in with a gun and we took him down.”

When asked by the operator if the man, now identified as Velez, shot anyone, the caller replied:

“No, the chiropractor shot him.”

A second man — a patient inside the office who was getting his back adjusted — also called 911. His identity also was not released.

“This guy came in here with a gun and the doctor defended himself,” the patient said.

A third call from inside the office came from a women, crying and distraught, who identified herself as Velez’s girlfriend.

“Please, somebody’s gotta help me,” the woman, who identified herself as Stacey, said to the operator. “Somebody just shot my boyfriend.”

A short time later she can be heard talking to Velez: “Baby, you’re not dying…”

Just 22 minutes prior to the shooting, Linardos made a 911 call, advising authorities he had been threatened over the phone.

“I just got a threatening call and I know who it was that made the call,” Linardos said in that call.

An incident report released Friday by the sheriff’s office said Velez was lying on his stomach in the hallway of the chiropractic office when authorities arrived. Velez told deputies he received texts that morning from Linardos saying Velez’s girlfriend was at his office and they were engaged in sex acts, according to the report.

There was also contact between the men that day on Facebook. At 5:57 a.m., the day of the shooting, Linardos left a comment on a photo Velez posted in January.

On a post, which shows Velez kissing the slightly protruding stomach of a pregnant Stacey Gillis, a caption read: “Time 2 be a right man…. No more games, lies & deceit…. Family first.”

The post was from Jan. 19. Just before 6 a.m. on Feb. 17, Linardos posted: “Haha you just lied.”

Velez, who suffered gunshot wounds to his leg, groin and back, remains at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in stable condition.

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