• Father of 5 killed, 4 hospitalized after shooting in crime-plagued Pine Hills


    PINE HILLS, Fla. - Police were investigating a shooting in Pine Hills on North Lane Parkway that sent five people to the hospital late Sunday.

    One of the victims, Jeffery Webb, 47, later died, police said.

    Officials said Webb and four others, including a 15-year-old boy, were shot outside a Pine Hills convenience store in the North Lane Plaza, just before 10 p.m.

    Friends said Webb had a wife and five children, and was well-liked in the community.

    “He was like a father to me, put it like that, he was a father,” said friend Andre Brooks. “It could have been me or anybody else, but out of all people, why him? Because that man got a family.”

    Three of the victims were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and two were taken to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, officials said.

    “He was a real cool person. Everybody loved him,” Brooks said.

    Witnesses said they heard between 20 and 30 shots fired during the incident.

    The incident comes after two fatal shootings in the Pine Hills neighborhood in the past few weeks.

    Sunday's shooting took place less than five minutes from another Pine Hills shooting scene last week that resulted in the death of a 27-year-old mother, who was caught in the crossfire.

    Kendra Lewis was sitting in her car at a gas station with her 5-year-old child when she was hit by a bullet during a nearby shootout Wednesday.

    She died the next day.

    Gregory Whitbeck, 55, was shot and killed as he walked into a Pine Hills dialysis center on Dec. 2.

    Two people have been arrested and charged in each incident.

    City Commissioner Regina Hill wrote a statement on her Facebook page, saying in part, “I'm starting to believe we do need a curfew for kids under 18.”

    Hill told Channel 9 that she will talk to other city council members to get their opinions about the suggested curfew.

    “I know it sounds pretty radical, but I'm not alone,” said Hill.

    The killing did not happen in her district, but Hill said now is the time to consider all options to try to end the violence.

    “We've tried everything else. I need to see if this may work,” she said.

    The names and conditions of the four victims who remained hospitalized after Sunday’s shooting were not released.

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