Shooting stems from dispute between drivers, deputies say
ORLANDO, Fla. - Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a shooting incident in Southeast Orange County late Thursday afternoon. At least two people are in custody, but a search continues for additional suspects.
According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, a dispute between two drivers led to the shooting that left one person injured and damaged a business in a nearby shopping center. The Sheriff's Office is urging nearby residents to remain indoors and be patient as deputies search for the suspects and at least two of three vehicles believed to have been involved in the incident.
"We don't know how many people we're looking for at this point. We do have those two vehicles outstanding. We just don't know exactly how many people were inside those vehicles," explained Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Christian Marrero.
At least one person was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries from a gunshot wound. Deputies were going to the hospital to interview that person whose identity was not released.
"We're working in conjunction with the Orlando Police Department -- being that jurisdictional wise, we're very close -- and we just want to make sure we get everything covered for the safety of the public," Marrero added. "Our K-9 and our deputies are still actively searching the area where we believe a suspect may be."
Deputies say at around 3 p.m. they received 911 calls regarding "shots fired." When deputies arrived on the scene, there was a Honda sedan wrecked in the median of Narcoossee Road near Moss Park Road. Deputies entered the 7-Eleven convenience store directly across from the wreckage, where they located two suspects in a bathroom. One of the men was taken to the hospital with minor injuries; the other was taken into custody.
Investigators said they are looking for a third person from the Honda and they are looking for other suspects believed to be in the other vehicle involved in the shooting.
Most of the shops at the Cornerstone at Lake Hart shopping center were blocked off with crime scene tape and closed to the public. Damage could be seen to a window at Giovanni's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. Deputies said the damage was the result of the shooting, but no one inside the restaurant was injured.
The Sheriff's Office had advised that commuters avoid the area if possible, as many roads are closed to traffic as part of their investigation and search. Portions of Moss Park and Narcoossee roads were impacted by the search.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding to a shooting incident near the Cornerstone at Lake Hart shopping center in Southeast Orange County. A dispute between two drivers led to the incident, deputies say.