At least 10 people were wounded Monday afternoon in a drive-by shooting in Lakeland, Florida, police said, and two are in critical condition. A dark-blue Nissan four-door sedan pulled up at the scene of the shooting, Lakeland Police Department Chief Sam Taylor said.
“The vehicle slowed, did not stop, and the four windows went down. It appeared to be occupied by four shooters in the vehicle,” Taylor said. “They started firing from all four windows of the vehicle and shooting males on both sides.”
At a news conference on Monday evening, Taylor stated that eight victims had non-life-threatening injuries. Only three casualties, aged 20 to 35, were transferred by emergency management personnel. He claimed that the other people were removed in private automobiles.
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Police believe it was a targeted event, the chief said. The Nissan, which had temporary tags, took off at high speed, and police are “actively looking for that vehicle now,” Taylor said.
“We will be out most of the night trying to figure out who these individuals are in the vehicle,” Taylor said.
The police department on Monday announced a $5,000 prize for anyone who comes forward with information that will help identify and apprehend shooter suspects in a cooperative effort with Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida. You can report information by calling 1-900-226 TIPS (8477).
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Police discovered a “quantity” of marijuana at the crime scene, which tells them that “narcotics sales or marijuana sales were going on at the time,” according to Taylor. “It is unknown whether that is significant or connected to this.”
The chief said in his 34 years with the department. He had never worked on a case where so many people had been shot at one time.
“This is something that doesn’t happen in Lakeland,” Taylor said.
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