TITUSVILLE, Fl – A 52-year-old homeless veteran is fighting for his life after a man attacked him while he slept, using a hammer to bash in his skull.
Police were patrolling an area Friday morning when they noticed 33-year-old John Paul Angelillo in front of an abandoned business holding a hammer. When the officers turned into the business, they noticed 52-year-old David Gotshall on the ground nearby suffering from severe injuries.
The injuries where caused by Angelillo using a hammer to strike Gotshall in the face as he slept. Gotshall suffered multiple facial and skull fractures and the loss of one eye. He also suffered injuries to his ribs and a broken arm. He had to be airlifted to the hospital and is currently in critical condition.
Gotshall, a Desert Storm veteran, was sleeping behind the business because, according to friends, he had no where else to go after the city dismantled his previous camp a week earlier.
“He had some issues but we were supporting him. About eight or nine months ago, the police and the city crews cleared out his camp off Tropic Street. They took a lot of his tools and threw them away. He was really just trying to work. He was really trying to have a better life,” said George Taylor, president of the Titusville-based National Veterans Homeless Support.
Angelillo was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted murder. No word on motive, but police say that the two men have gotten into verbal altercations in the past.Tags: Attempted Murder, Crime, David Gotshall, Florida, hammer, homeless, John Paul Angelillo, veteran