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Hialeah Man Charged in Flare Gun Attack, Girlfriend's Beating: Police

A Hialeah man accused of beating his girlfriend and shooting two people with a flare gun is facing a number of charges, officials said.

Braulio Gonzalez, 53, was arrested Monday on charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, armed burglary and arson, according to an arrest report.

The report said Gonzalez attacked his girlfriend of 17 years at a home on W. 8th Avenue Saturday night. The girlfriend had been staying with her son and daughter-in-law due to problems in the relationship.

The girlfriend told police Gonzalez went into the home holding a flare gun and extra flares, grabbed her by the hair and started punching her then bit her on the hand, the report said.

Gonzalez started to drag his girlfriend to the front door but the daughter-in-law tried to stop him, so he punched her in the face, the report said. When a man tried to intervene Gonzalez also punched him in the face, the report said. Gonzalez told them that if they called the police, he would kill all of them, the report said.

At one point, Gonzalez shot the man he had punched with the flare gun, grazing the man's chest and hand, the report said. He also shot the flare gun at his girlfriend's daughter-in-law, hitting her in the head, the report said.

The daughter-in-law was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center with a laceration to her head and bleeding to her brain, the report said.

The flare gun ignited a rug in the home that became engulfed in flames, the report said.

Gonzalez fled the home and tried to get away from police but he was caught with the help of a K-9, the report said. He was also taken to Ryder Trauma for his injuries.

Gonzalez was ordered held without bond during an appearance in court Tuesday. He was represented by a public defender.

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