ORLANDO, Fla. - Orange County sheriff's deputies are looking for a gunman after a couple was shot as they watched TV on their couch just before midnight Tuesday at the Tymber Skan apartments on Windcross Lane.
WFTV investigated and found that there are condos in ruins, the community is overrun with trash, and children that should be in school are left alone.
"You want to have hope that there's going to be change for them, but it looks so dim right now that all you see is darkness," said Orange County District 6 Commissioner Victoria Siplin.
A woman was shot multiple times. She is listed in stable condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
The other victim who was hit is also in
helping investigators piece together what happened.
The man in his 50s and woman in her 40s were sitting on their couch when shots were fired.
Photos: Tymber Skan apartment shooting
"They heard some gunshots. Their couch is placed right beside a window
, [and] those rounds came through the window, striking them," said Lt. Paul Hopkins of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies set up a perimeter and searched for the shooter using
K-9 units and a helicopter.
The searched turned up empty,
and deputies said they don't have a description of the shooter.
Deputies are not calling the shooting random at this point, but said it's too early to rule that possibility out.
"All we know is there is somebody out there on the run who tried to kill two people tonight and we need to catch them," Hopkins said.
There has been trouble at the complex in the past, including a suspicious fire that burned out a shell of an apartment unit. Also, on another occasion shots rang out during a news conference to address the crime.
Last year, the county approved spending$190,000 to help clean the complex up.
The money is being used to relocate residents, condemn, board up and demolish buildings.
But about 116 condos are occupied and the county can't just push them out.
"There's a legal process that must take place and the issue is that you have several different owners that you have to deal with," said Siplin.
Since 2013, the county has demolished seven buildings, and 69 units were boarded up last October.
The county plans to board up 12 more this year.