POLK COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– On Thursday, August 26, 2021, PCSO detectives responded to a shooting at Lake Blue Park in unincorporated Winter Haven where two people were shot; one deceased.
This investigation is still active, but the preliminary information is as follows:READ MORE: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Received Funding For A High Visibility Enforcement Initiative
According to witness and victim statements, earlier in the day two sisters and their cousin, along with a friend, called a Haines City man so they could purchase marijuana. They agreed to meet at Lake Blue Park.
When they arrived at the park, one of the sisters exited the car and met with the drug dealer. After he handed her a bag of marijuana, the cousin approached the man and attempted to rob him.
The man told detectives he was in fear for his life and grabbed a gun from his vehicle and began shooting at the cousin, hitting him.READ MORE: Polk County School Cafeteria Worker Arrested for Murdering Boyfriend
As he got out of his car, he said people in a car drove at him, and he fired his gun into the vehicle.
The driver was shot and declared deceased at the scene. The cousin is currently in the hospital in critical condition.
Other charges may be forthcoming.
Detectives are still attempting to identify the friend who was in the vehicle with the two sisters and cousin. If you know this person or have any information concerning this crime please contact us at 863-298-6200.MORE NEWS: Man Taken Into Custody After Barricading Himself Inside His Home
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Heartland Crime Stoppers:
* Call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477)
* From your cell phone, dial **TIPS
* Or visit the website www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on “Submit A Tip,” * Or download the free “P3tips” app on your smartphone or tablet.