January 31, 2023 at 01:06
At least 10 people were shot Monday during a "targeted" drive-by shooting in Florida, police said.
The Lakeland Police Department said officers received reports of a shooting just before 3:45 p.m. near Iowa Avenue North and Plum Street.
The responding officers found three gunshot victims, all men, between the ages 20 and 35, Lakeland Police Chief Sammy Taylor said at a news conference.
FLORIDA BABY GIRL FOUND ABANDONED AN HOUR AFTER BIRTHOf the two in critical condition, one victim was shot in the stomach and the other in the face.
The officers at the scene were told several other victims who were shot were taken to a hospital in personal vehicles.
Taylor said some of the victims were cooperative with police.
"We have reason to believe that this was a targeted event.
A dark four-door sedan with temporary tags is being sought in connection with the shooting, Taylor said.
The vehicle was spotted slowing down at the scene and the windows being rolled down before several shots came from inside, police said.
Taylor said the department would deploy extra patrols throughout Monday evening.
"This doesn't happen in Lakeland," Taylor said.
"I've been here 34 years, and I can tell you I have never worked an event where this many people have been shot at one time, ever."