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Conflicting accounts cloud shooting involving chiropractor in Holiday

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The shooting happened at Dr. Lenny Linardos' chiropractic office at 1817 U.S. Highway 19. The shooting happened at Dr. Lenny Linardos' chiropractic office at 1817 U.S. Highway 19.
HOLIDAY, FL (WFLA) -

There are conflicting reports about a February 17th shooting in Holiday involving chiropractor Dr. Lenny Linardos.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting and dramatic 911 calls of the incident have been made public. But Attorney Gil Sanchez says only part of the story is being told.

Sanchez represents 34-year-old Jaime Velez, who was allegedly shot several times by Linardos at his office in Holiday.

“My client has been in the ICU, undergoing surgery. So, his ability to be able to communicate has been obviously hindered at that point,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez says Velez is now paralyzed as a result of the shooting.

“Emotionally, he knows that he'll never be able to run, play with his child and for the rest of his life he's going to be paralyzed so it's been devastating and extremely difficult on him and his family,” said Sanchez

911 calls reveal a chaotic and panicked scene inside the doctor's office as the shooting occurred. In the calls, Linardos is heard saying he was threatened, and that when Velez showed up at his office, he had a gun.

Linardos claims he shot Velez in self-defense, but Sanchez says that's not true.

Sanchez says Velez did go to the U.S. 19 office to confront Linardos over obscene text messages the doctor sent to him regarding his pregnant girlfriend, but Sanchez says Velez was not armed.

"Our client intention was to go and confront him, man to man, not with a gun blazing, as it's being portrayed,” said Sanchez.

Attorney Cimos Angelis is representing Linardos, and says that account of the story is completely inaccurate.

Angelis says Velez not only came to the office with a gun, he was also wearing surgical gloves to prevent fingerprints and gun powder residue evidence from being collected from his hands.

A spokesperson for the Pasco County Sheriff's office says a gun was found at the scene along with surgical gloves.

The gloves are now being tested for DNA evidence.

No charges have been filed in the case, pending the outcome of the investigation.

READ the entire report here (WARNING: explicit content)

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