ORLANDO, Fla. - A 37-year-old man was fatally shot and six others were wounded early Saturday in a drive-by shooting outside a closed grocery store near Washington Shores, the Orlando Police Department said.
The shooting happened shortly after 3:30 a.m. outside Ruta Supermarket and in the roadway of Columbia Street, east of Bruton Boulevard, while Chill Games Room, a nearby pool hall, closed for the night, Orlando police Lt. Daniel Brady said.
Dwayne Antoine Stuart was killed in the shooting. Of the six surviving victims, none of whom was publicly identified, one was critically wounded and underwent surgery. The five others were seriously injured. Each was treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Police said two of the six people who were shot have since been released from the hospital, and the other four who remain hospitalized are now in stable condition.
Four of the wounded drove themselves to the hospital, Brady said, and two of them fled to nearby businesses and were taken to the hospital by ambulance.
"We do have many witnesses," Brady said, estimating that 200 people were in the area at the time. "And there's plenty of surveillance video in the area, so our detectives will go through every piece of that to try to get some answers."
Investigators don't yet have a description of the gunman, who remains at large.
"At this point, we don't know who the intended targets are," Brady said. "We have to talk to some of the victims to see if they might have had a potential problem with somebody."
Kay Fedd, who has lived in the neighborhood for 16 years, said she said she thought someone was banging on something when she heard gunfire ring out.
"There's bullets all the way down the street," Fedd said. "All the way to the light."
She said it's a shame that her neighborhood has become so unsafe.
"Once the sun goes down, I'm in. I'm in. I do not come back out," Fedd said. "All the time, you hear shots and cars speeding off. And this is why I stay in the house. I'm safer in the house."
All lanes of Columbia Street were closed from Bruton Boulevard to Mable Butler Avenue while detectives combed the scene for clues. The crime scene spanned a third of a mile.
No other details were given.
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