• Police find car involved in drive-by shooting that injured 2-year-old Tavares girl

    By: Jason Kelly , Julie Salomone


    TAVARES, Fla. - A 2-year-old girl who was injured Tuesday evening in a shooting at a condominium complex has been released from the hospital, the Tavares Police Department said.

    Someone in a dark gray Chevrolet Malibu fired several shots at about 9 p.m. on West Rosewood Lane in the Rosewood Homes complex near Captain Haynes and Dead River roads, Officer Sarah Coursey said.

    Police announced Wednesday evening that they believe they have found the car in question. 



    Police: Toddler wounded in drive-by shooting in Tavares

    Sy'mia Pierce was playing in a pickup truck when a bullet grazed her side, Coursey said.

    Police said the toddler was taken to Florida Hospital Waterman with minor injuries.

    Sy'mia was released from the hospital early Wednesday. Her 9-month-old brother, who was also in the truck during the shooting, was uninjured, their mother, Tiffany Collins, said.

    "She was in the backseat playing at the time," Collins said. "Maybe the jumping around made the bullet miss her."

    Collins said two bullets were found in her truck and a third struck a neighbor's window.

    Neighbor Maurice Lulo said he watching television when he heard the gunfire.

    Hear the girl's mother describe the incident below:

    "I heard three shots," he said. "I saw lot of people coming out of that apartment."

    He immediately called 911.

    His wife, Lucy Lulo, said they've come to befriend the neighborhood children, including Sy'mia.

    "They call us grandma and papi," she said. "There's a lot of kids that play from here (to) the stop sign."

    She said she's relieved Semiya is doing well.

    Police said the gunman fled and remains at large, but police said there are persons of interests in the case. 

    The shooting remains under investigation.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Tavares police at 352-742-6300 or Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

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