4 Shooters Fire at Crowd Gathered Along Street, Hitting 10

2 of those injured in Florida mass shooting are in critical condition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 31, 2023 12:31 AM CST
4 Shooters Fire at Crowd Gathered Along Street, Hitting 10
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Ten people were injured Monday afternoon during a drive-by shooting in a central Florida neighborhood, police said. Lakeland Police Chief Sam Taylor said during a news conference that two of the victims were critically injured, while the wounds of the other eight victims weren't considered life-threatening, the AP reports. Lakeland is located about 30 miles east of Tampa. “I’ve been here 34 years, and I can tell you I have never worked an event where this many people were shot at one time, ever,” Taylor said. The victims range in age from 20 to 35, NBC Miami reports.

A crowd of people were gathered along a residential street when a dark-blue sedan rolled by, police said. Four shooters fired, using all four of the windows and hitting people on both sides of the street, before the car sped away. Officers were actively searching for the vehicle and the shooters Monday night, officials said. Taylor said investigators believe the shooting was a targeted attack. Police said pot was found at the scene of the shooting, and investigators believe drug sales were taking place. Taylor described the neighborhood as “challenged” and said the police had focused a lot of attention on the area in recent years.

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