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Aaron Hernandez's Gun Supplier Arrested After Drive-By Shooting In South Florida

He was convicted in 2015 of illegally shipping guns to former football star Aaron Hernandez. 

By Jon Silman

He was a supporting character in one of the most notorious sports murder cases of all time. 

Football superstar Aaron Hernandez, while playing for the Patriots, was convicted in the murder of Odin Lloyd. Before the murder, he deposited $15,000 into the account of a man named Oscar Hernandez Jr. (no relation).

The money, CBS News reported, was for guns. Hernandez Jr. bought firearms and shipped it to Hernandez. One of those weapons was found later, in the woods between Hernandez's home and the industrial park where murder victim Odin Lloyd's body was found. The murder weapon was never found.

Hernandez Jr. pleaded guilty in January 2015 to conspiring to transfer a firearm and other charges. He served two years in prison and had three years of supervised release.

Now he's back in jail. On March 27, police said Hernandez Jr. tried to gun down a man outside of a popular restaurant in Belle Glade Florida, according to the Palm Beach Post

Authorities said Hernandez Jr. was in the passenger seat of a pickup truck while his girlfriend drove, and he was targeting a 27-year-old man who had been in a previous relationship with the woman, and accused of domestic violence.

Hernandez Jr. pointed a shotgun out the window and began firing. The victim told deputies that he grabbed a 9mm weapon and fired back, before running to a friend's house to call 911.

Deputies recovered twenty shotgun shells and twelve 9mm casings, CBS 12 said. The shootout was captured on camera.

The woman had a flat tire and was found by deputies, and she reported she'd been shot at. Authorities then found Hernandez Jr. and arrested him.

[Photo: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office]