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Armed men posing as cops burst into mobile home. But one victim has an AR-15 — and things get messy.

The Baker County (Florida) Sheriff's Office charged five people among a group of seven that went to a mobile home to confront another group staying there. Among those charged were (from left) Zachary Bell, 20; Christian Watkins, 19; and Joseph Albino, 24. (Image source: Baker County Sheriff’s Office)

It allegedly began with a voice outside a Florida mobile home yelling, "Sheriff's office!" about 4 a.m. Sunday, WJXT-TV reported.

Then the front door allegedly burst open, and a masked gunman entered and fired one shot inside the Glen St. Mary residence, the station reported.

But the rest of the gunfire came from two men who'd been asleep inside the mobile home, WJXT said.

They emerged from two bedrooms — one with an AR-15 rifle and the other with a handgun — and started shooting, the station said. That masked gunman, along with two other intruders, were hit by a barrage of gunfire and fell to the floor, WJXT said.

The victims took cover in another part of the mobile home before calling 911, the station said, citing a report from the Baker County Sheriff's Office. None of the victims were hurt, WJXT said. The victims told deputies they acted in self-defense; one of them estimated he fired over 30 rounds from the AR-15, the station said.

One of the intruders, Corey Lauramore, died of gunshot wounds to the head, WJXT said. An unidentified 16-year-old remains hospitalized and a third suspect, William Lauramore, was treated and released to police, the station added.

More from WJXT:

Five people are charged in the case. Investigators suspect the home invasion escalated from an ongoing feud between two groups that was stoked by social media threats. [...]

The Sheriff's Office said the five individuals charged in the case were among a group of seven that went to the mobile home that morning to confront and fight the group staying there.

William Lauramore, 24; Joseph Albino, 24; Zachary Bell, 20; Christian Watkins, 19; and a 15-year-old are charged with home invasion, the station reported, adding that more charges are possible.

Albino, Bell and Watkins gave conflicting information about their involvement in the shooting, but all three said they didn't know others in their group brought weapons, WJXT said, citing the sheriff's report.

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