Two women shot at Brandon Waffle House

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Brandon, Florida -- A Riverview man is arrested after deputies say he shot a gun 15 times into a vehicle with two young women inside.

Hillsborough County deputies said at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 22-year-old Matthew Laine was finishing his dinner at the Waffle House restaurant off Lumsden Road in Brandon.

A car with four women inside pulled up to the restaurant. 20-year-old Briana Reddick was the driver, and three teenage girls were riding with her. The girls split up once they arrived at the Waffle House. Two went inside to order their food and the other two, Reddick and her 16-year-old friend, stayed inside the car. That is when deputies said Laine came out of the restaurant and shot at them at point blank range.

"They did the right thing," said Cristal Bermudez Nunez, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer. "Not one person went inside and not one person stayed alone in the vehicle. They had the buddy system."

Reddick was struck in her right leg and her right arm. Her friend was cut by glass from the windshield. Both were able to return home from the hospital on Saturday.

There were several witnesses. They saw Laine take off in a silver sedan with dark rims. Deputies arrested him at his home.  Deputies said he denied what happened. They do not know why he shot at the girls.

"This could have happened any time of day," said Nunez. "You never what is going to make someone react, and not having a motive now is the frustrating part for our detectives they want to know the why."

Laine's neighbors said they were surprised by his arrest.

"He seemed like a cool guy," said Eddie Benitez. "I was shocked he was accused of the shooting."

Laine has been charged with two counts of attempted murder. 10 News is not releasing the names of the three other girls involved because they are witnesses and under 18 years old.   

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