Police, firefighters and paramedics from Lakeland, Florida responded about 3:43 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2023 to a report of a shooting near the block of 900 North Iowa Avenue in Lakeland. Upon arrival, police discovered three shooting victims. Police eventually learned that a total of seven other people were shot, and that they were transported to hospitals in private vehicles. The three victims on scene were transported by paramedics to nearby hospitals. Two were listed in critical condition, and one was assessed to have non-life-threatening injuries. The other seven victims were initially assessed to have non-life-threatening injuries.
According to witnesses a driver arrived in a dark blue Nissan sedan arrived on Iowa Avenue. Four windows of the Nissan sedan were lowered, and occupants in the vehicle opened fire from each window, striking people on both sides of the street in the neighborhood of single-family homes.
“We have reason to believe this was a targeted event, that it was not a random act.”
— Police Chief Sam Taylor (news conference Monday evening)
One of the critically wounded victims was shot in the abdomen, and the other critically wounded victim was shot in the face and jaw area, according to Police Chief Sam Taylor.
Lakeland, Florida is located between Orlando and Tampa — a little closer to Tampa along Interstate 4. The shooting scene was located near the center of Lakeland, and northeast of downtown Lakeland, Florida.
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— LakelandPD (@LakelandPD) January 31, 2023
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— LakelandPD (@LakelandPD) January 30, 2023
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