3 shot during fight outside Ocala apartment complex
Published: Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 9:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 24, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.
OCALA -- Three people were shot Sunday evening when a melee outside Spring Manor Apartments ended in gunfire, Ocala Police Department officials said at the scene.
One of the gunshot victims, a 19-year-old man who apparently was not part of the fight outside, was hit in the chest when a shot penetrated the wall of his second-story apartment.
He was rushed to Ocala Regional Medical Center by ambulance moments after the 7 p.m. shooting at the complex at 2833 NE Seventh St., according to Ocala Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Brian Stoothoff.
Ocala Police Lt. Scott Fosler said that all three shooting victims were in stable condition at Ocala Regional. The two other victims were taken to the hospital by friends and family members.
A fourth victim, who was part of the incident, was taken to Munroe Regional, complaining of knee pain and exhaustion.
Police officials did not release the names of the shooting victims late Sunday.
Fosler said the incident erupted when "two rival groups" argued, and at least three separate fights involving numerous people broke out.
Fosler said the fights spanned from the stairwell of Building 2839 to the grassy area just outside. That's when gunfire erupted.
"We believe four different people fired guns," Fosler said.
One witness, who would not identify herself, said she lives a few blocks down from the scene. At about 7 p.m., she heard what she described as "pop, pop, pop, pop."
"I can't believe they are acting like this, and these kids are home from school for the summer," she said as she walked away.
At 7:45 p.m., Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters placed a ladder against the back wall of Building 2839 so that detectives could inspect the bullet hole leading into Apartment H. That apartment is where the apparent stray bullet entered the home and struck one victim.
About an hour later, crime scene technicians scoured the grassy lawn between buildings looking for bullet casings, marking them with yellow markers. Many officers combed the complex, talking to witnesses.
"It will take some time to sort all of this out," Fosler said.
This is the second triple-shooting to occur in Ocala in recent weeks. Just 15 days ago, a man allegedly shot and killed three of his friends outside AJ's bar in downtown Ocala.
In connection with that downtown shooting, Andrew Lobban was indicted by a grand jury on three counts of first-degree, premeditated murder last week.
Lobban is accused killing Josue Santiago, Benjamin Larz Howard and Jerry Lamar Bynes Jr. as the four were leaving AJ's.
Police say Lobban admitted shooting the men because he was upset over a video made during a trip to a local shooting range.
The video reportedly showed Lobban having trouble loading ammunition into a gun and he became upset that his friends, who all worked as bouncers at Ocala Entertainment Complex, made fun of him over it.
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