Deputies believe man found shot and killed in car could be connected to shooting in Eatonville

Orange County detectives say a man who was found shot in a car and died could be connected to a  shooting in Eatonville. 

Deputies say on Friday, law enforcement was investigating a possible shooting on Samuel Street in Eatonville. Once on the scene, detectives found bullet casings on the ground, but no victims or witnesses. 

A resident caught the incident on her Ring camera, but didn't feel comfortable sharing it. FOX 35's Stephanie Buffamonte watched the video and says cars were seen racing down the street with gun shots ringing out. 

"I heard the rapid fire, pow pow pow…It was like a movie," a resident told FOX 35 News. "Like being in the wild, wild west. Cars chasing the other and a shootout. Didn't see any people, just heard the noise."

Later in the evening, Orange County Sheriff's Office Homicide detectives were contacted by Orlando Police Homicide detectives because they believed that a homicide victim in the Orlando police jurisdiction was shot at that Eatonville location.

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Orlando police was working what was initially believed to be a car crash at Princeton Street and Westmoreland Road when they found a man in a vehicle who had been shot. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. 

The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Darrell Lee Merricks Jr.  Detectives believe the vehicle Merricks was found in was also at the shooting scene in Eatonville. 

FOX 35 is working to find out if there are any suspects in custody.