Police say man shot, killed in Sanford was targeted



SANFORD, Fla. - Police said they believe the man killed in a shooting in Sanford on Wednesday night was targeted and right now they're working to find those responsible.

Marcus Killingsworth, 33, was the father of two.

"He was such a good boy. You know, he had made a change, his whole life had changed and he just didn't deserve what he got. I just don't understand what happened," said Regina Vallot, a friend of Killingsworth.

Right now family and friends Killingsworth told Channel 9's Myrt Price that they are devastated.

Killingsworth was gunned down late Wednesday night in the 1100 block of West 12th Street.

"My neighbor was in the area. Matter of fact, she was right there with him, and she had to pull off cause the gun was pointed at them," said Vallot.

Police canvassed the neighborhood Thursday searching for clues and talking to potential witnesses.

Police believe the suspects showed up at the house to rob the Killingsworth. They said when he refused to comply they shot him several times. 

"Whoever the people are that did the robbery, targeted this individual for one reason or another," said Capt. Jim McAuliffe of the Sanford Police Department.

Sanford's neighborhood Response Team was on the scene in no time.

Emergency crews rushed Killingsworth to the hospital, where he later died.

"I'm just putting prayers out for his children, his mom and his fiancé and I hope God be with them through it all," said Vallot.

Neighbors said Killingsworth had started a lawn service business and he was doing well. They never imagined something like this would happen.

"It shocked me to hear that," said Vallot. "I'm truly gone miss him."