The Lakeland Police Department reported that at least 10 individuals were injured in a drive-by shooting on Monday in Lakeland, Florida. During a press conference in the evening, Police Chief Sammy L. Taylor Jr. announced that the incident occurred at approximately 3:43 p.m. that same day.
A navy blue Nissan four-door car pulled up to the 900 block of North Iowa Avenue where four men proceeded to shoot from each of the car’s windows before driving off quickly. Taylor reported that police were on the scene within a minute and found three wounded men, aged between 20 and 35, who were swiftly taken to the hospital.
On Monday evening, two men were in a critical state due to gunshot wounds. One man was shot in the face and the other in the abdomen, while eight other victims suffered from less severe injuries.
Law enforcement officials are continuing their search for the vehicle and suspects involved in the case. In partnership with Heartland Crimestoppers, they are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any information that could help to arrest the shooters.
Police believe that the shooting was targeted. Their suspicion was further confirmed when they found marijuana at the scene, indicating possible narcotic sales.