RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - NFL star Aaron Hernandez is under investigation in a Massachusetts murder mystery. Now, he is being scrutinized in south Florida in a separate matter.
New England Patriots tight end and former Florida Gator Aaron Hernandez - who is already connected to a homicide victim in Massachusetts - is now being sued in Florida.
A man named Alexander Bradley claims Hernandez shot him hours after they had an argument at a Miami strip club in February. Those shots, the lawsuit states, were fired after the men drove from Miami to unincorporated Riviera Beach. The scene was cordoned off for hours at an industrial park just north of Blue Heron Boulevard.
"It was roped off," said Connie Christman, who came upon the scene when she arrived for work that morning. "I've never had a fear at here, but that alarmed me," she said.
Not until this lawsuit was filed last week did it become clear that Hernandez was being accused of firing the shots that injured Bradley's face, hand and arm. Bradley never mentioned Hernandez in a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report. Instead, he told investigators that he did not know who shot him.
Hernandez is already under the microscope in New England for something else. Police in Massachusetts are investigating the death of 27-year old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd - who Hernandez knew. Lloyd was found shot in the back of the head in an industrial park near Hernandez's home.
Investigators are not naming Hernandez a as suspect but they have searched his property multiple times in connection with the case.
Hernandez is not facing charges in New England or in Florida at this time. The lawsuit seeks at least $100,000 in damages. Hernandez and his lawyers have 21 days to respond to the lawsuit.