ORLANDO, Fla. - A gunman is on the run after robbing and shooting a person in a parking lot at an Orlando shopping center, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. This happened early Thursday morning at 8441 South John Young Parkway. Deputies originally said the shooting happened outside a 7-Eleven convenience store, but it was across the street in a shopping area.
The sheriff's office says that just before 5 a.m., the 29-year-old victim was in the parking lot with his friends when they were approached by an unknown man.
Now, the sheriff's office has released a new video that they believe shows the suspect running away from the scene. The suspect is described as a black man, around 25 to 30 years old, standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He has short dreadlocks and a skinny build. At the time, he was wearing a white short-sleeved shirt, dark pants, a white hat, and dark shoes with what appeared to be white soles.
"The suspect brandished a firearm and stole some of the victim’s belongings. During the robbery, the suspect fired his weapon several times, striking the victim once," the sheriff's office says.
The victim was taken to the hospital as a trauma alert. Fortunately, the victim is expected to recover.