Search for suspect underway after DeLand man shot and killed, deputies say

Residents in a DeLand neighborhood tell FOX 35 News they are anxious as they await the details of a deadly shooting.

The shooting happened Saturday night in the 800 block of S Massachusetts Avenue, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VSCO). The victim has been identified as 50-year-old Hector Hernandez. Several nearby residents reported hearing a single gunshot on the night of the shooting. 

"I just heard, like, a big pop," Dawn Franceskino said. "Like a firecracker." She, along with others, was unaware a shooting had occurred until the police showed up and began to form a perimeter. 

Briana Vazquez said she was visiting her boyfriend when she noticed the blue lights from the police vehicles illuminating the street. The police presence remained in the area well into Sunday, she said. 

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"We didn't know what happened until I think a few hours later," she said. "It was very, you know, devastating… my condolences to his family."

No suspects have been named at this time. According to VCSO, investigators are looking into several possible leads. The lack of information regarding the investigation is concerning for some people who live on the street.

Labada Redin lives next door to where the shooting occurred. 

"That does threaten your safety. You do feel insecure. A little bit," she said in response to a shooter possibly being on the loose. "You know, I make sure the house is locked anyways all the time, but yeah, that heightens it."

FOX 35 News contacted the victim’s family, and they said they aren’t ready to comment yet.

No additional details are available at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 386-248-1777.