Shots fired while sheriff tours troubled Orange County apartments



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Shots were fired as Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings was trying to bring attention to the troubled Tymberskan Apartments.

Channel 9's Jorge Estevez was at the apartment complex when shots rang out Monday afternoon.

"I don't know if that was gunfire or what that we had in the background but that is part of the challenges that we have," Demings said.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the crime at Tymberskam Apartments is getting worse and the agency is responding for calls at the complex roughly six times a day.

"I am using resources that I could be using somewhere else," Demings said.

No one in the area appeared to be alarmed when the gunfire was heard.

"That should disturb a lot of people but it didn't, which means that it is routine and they are used to it," Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell said.

WFTV has covered the increase in crime at Tymberskan. In March, a man who had purchased a dozen units was shot. A sign in the apartment complex urges visitors to proceed directly to their destination.

"It is terrible, terrible to live here. So much crime, shooting, you can't even come out your door without guns going off," an unidentified resident said.

Despite the issues, moving is not an option for some of the 100 families who live at Tymberskan because they own their units.

"This is ridiculous. Someone needs to help this complex out. This is not right," the resident said.

Investigators said no one was injured when the shots were fired Monday afternoon.