MARION COUNTY, Fla. - A bizarre piece of evidence is helping detectives in Belleview solve the city's first drive-by shooting in nearly 30 years.
Detectives said eight men were walking together when one man was killed and another was wounded in a drive-by shooting behind the Sweetbay Supermarket along U.S. 301 on Sunday night.
WFTV's Berndt Petersen got a look at the movie-themed car that investigators believe the shooters were riding in.
"The car is absolutely
key, based on the type of car it was: a 1984 Chevrolet," said Belleview police Lt. Terry Holland.
But the paint job really gives it away. On the door it reads,
"Child's Play" and on the hood is a mural of the star of the horror movie "Chucky," which is about a doll that kills.
And in the back seat there's a 2-foot-long Chucky doll.
Witnesses identified the car, which police said they were already familiar with.
They found it at a home in Silver Springs Shores. Holland said inside the house they found some guns.
Now detectives are running tests on the weapons and pulled fingerprints from the car.
No arrests have been made, but police said they identified some suspects.
Detectives said the car's owner is not one of them. They don't believe he was driving or riding in it when the shootings happened.
"I've been here 27 years and this is the first drive-by shooting that I've ever encountered," said Holland.