At least 10 people were injured in a drive-by shooting Monday afternoon in Lakeland, Florida, police said.
They were still searching for the shooters Tuesday morning.
Lakeland Police Chief Sam Taylor said at a news conference Monday evening that investigators believe the shooting was targeted and not accidental.
Taylor said two people were in critical condition. At the time of the press conference one was in surgery and the other was “in or going into surgery”. One of them was shot in the abdomen and the other suffered a gunshot wound “to the jaw,” Taylor said.
Eight others suffered non-life-threatening injuries, he said. One of them suffered a ricochet injury, Taylor said.
All the victims were male adults “between the ages of 20 and 35,” Taylor said.
“It’s something that doesn’t happen in Lakeland,” he said. “We consider ourselves a small town, sandwiched between Tampa and Orlando, which makes me a little sad, and when things like this happen, it hits me a little bit. Maybe we’re not that small. The city anymore.”
Taylor said the shooting happened around 3:45 p.m The gunfire came from all four windows of the slow-moving four-door Nissan. The car was described as dark blue with tinted windows and a temporary tag.
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