Staffing Company Employee Shoots Man After Machete Attack

Liz Carey

Orlando, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) A staffing company employee defended themselves and a co-worker by taking out a gun and shooting a man who was threatening them with a machete.

Orlando Police Department officials said that Oraine Mitchell Grant, initially came to Staff Zone on Old Winter Garden Road around 6:30 a.m. looking for work as a day laborer, but was turned away because all of the jobs had been filled. According to reports, he left the building without incident.

But around 8:30, Mitchell Grant returned on a bicycle.

Mitchell Grant allegedly entered the building and went behind a partition that separates day laborers from employees and began yelling at employees. He was carrying what police officials described in their reports as a “long tropical machete” which can be as long as 15 to 18 inches.

Mitchell Grant then allegedly slashed at a female employee, hitting her in the back of the head and on her arm. She ran screaming into another office. Police say Mitchell Grant then attacked a male employee at the business.

The male employee, however, drew a concealed handgun out of the waistband of his pants and fired two shots at Mitchell Grant. One of those shots struck him in the arm, forcing him to drop the machete and flee, police said.

Police were called to the scene and found the two employees in the parking lot. Mitchell Grant was seen running down Old Winter Garden Road, his shirt tied around the gunshot wound, police said. After a short chase, he surrendered to police and was taken into custody. He was treated at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and then transported to jail.

Officers said that during the attack, Mitchell Grant swung the machete with such force that he bent the blade.

The female victim is expected to have “permanent damage” to her arm, police said, and possibly “significant loss of movement,” stemming from her injuries. The condition of the male employee was not clear, although the police report did say that both of the victims had surgery following the attacks.

Mitchell Grant was charged with attempted felony homicide, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, burglary with a battery therein and resisting an officer without violence.

Police said Mitchell Grant is thought to be homeless, and that he had worked for the office before.

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