Police search for new leads after mother shot in Lady Lake



LADY LAKE, Fla. - Police continue to search for two men accused of shooting a woman in front of her 4-year-old daughter while they were in a car in Lady Lake on Monday.

Police said the gunman and another person walked up to 24-year-old Natasha Masoline's car and opened fire while she was at a stop sign at the intersection of Lake Ella Road and April Hills Boulevard.

Detectives said the shooting does not appear to be random and the shooter may have been waiting for Masoline as she drove her daughter to preschool.

"We don't believe this to be a random violent act," said Detective Ron Michaud. "Our preliminary investigation indicates the victim was targeted."

Lady Lake police and Lake County sheriff's deputies said they swarmed the Hidden Oaks neighborhood shortly after the shooting.

Authorities said Masoline is expected to recover. Detectives said her daughter was not injured.

Masoline was able to flag down neighbors after she was shot, investigators said.

Two women who rushed to Masoline's aid after the shooting spoke with WFTV Monday evening. Neither of the women wished to be identified.

"I just asked what happened and she say, 'They shot me. I was right here at the corner and they shot me,'" said one of the women.   

"I grabbed a blanket out of her passenger seat and wrapped it around her shoulder to put compression on the enter and exit wounds," said the second woman. "The little baby was in shock, she wasn't saying anything."

While one woman tried to calm Masoline, the second helped the little girl, and a third person called 911.

Even though Masoline was wounded and in pain, witnesses said her only thoughts were her child.

“She kept saying, ‘My baby, my baby. Please help my baby,’” according to one witness.

"There was definitely the right people there at the right time," said one woman.

Police said one of the suspects is a white man with two-toned, spiked blonde hair. They said he also has barber's cuts through one of his eyebrows.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lady Lake police.