• Arrest made in shooting of 80-year-old man during carjacking attempt, police say

    By: Kelly Healey

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    LEESBURG, Fla. - An 80-year-old man was shot Monday during an attempted carjacking outside a Leesburg Save-a-Lot, police said.

    Desmond Smith, 31, was arrested in connection with the shooting of 80-year-old Richard Martens.

    The shooting happened at about 9:30 a.m. at the Southside Plaza on 14th Street, police said.

    Police said Smith tried to carjack Martens, and when the victim didn't cooperate, the gunman began shooting.


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    "The suspect demanded the victim’s keys and car.  When the victim refused, the suspect shot the victim at least one time in the leg and fled the area on foot," a news release said.

    “Good Samaritans rushed over to help the victim, who was shot in the leg. Police say they used a belt as a tourniquet to try to stop the bleeding,” Channel 9 reporter Myrt Price said.

    Martens was flown to Ocala Regional Medical Center, but he has since been released from the hospital, officials said.

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    Desmond Smith, 31, was arrested in connection with the shooting of 80-year-old Richard Martens.
    Desmond Smith, 31, was arrested in connection with the shooting of 80-year-old Richard Martens.




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