Central Florida man arrested, charged with attempted murder after shooting at McDonald’s drive-thru

LAKELAND, Fla. — A 28-year-old man was arrested on Sunday and charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in connection with a shooting outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Lakeland.

According to the Lakeland Police Department, officers responded to reports of a fight between two men outside the McDonald’s located at 5325 Frontage Road. While officers were en route, 911 dispatchers received updates that shots had been fired.


When officers arrived, they found a minivan in the roadway directly in front of the restaurant. Inside the vehicle, a 28-year-old female had been shot multiple times, and a 34-year-old male, who was rendering aid. The female victim was transported to Lakeland Regional Health in stable condition with serious injuries, while the male declined medical treatment for a minor injury at the scene.

The suspect, Calvin Jordan Sousa, fled the scene in a white-colored vehicle, police said. Investigators identified Sousa’s vehicle and tracked it to a residence in Highland City. Police made contact and Sousa eventually exited the home and was taken into custody.

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He is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and improper exhibit of a firearm.

According to witnesses, the incident began in the drive-thru line. Sousa, who was in line behind the victims, became upset and began honking the horn and yelling. Both the male victim and Sousa got out of their vehicles and began to fight. After a brief fight, both returned to their vehicles. As the vehicles began to leave the parking lot, Sousa pulled up to the passenger’s side of the victims’ minivan and fired multiple shots into the vehicle.

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The names of the victims are being withheld in accordance with Marsy’s Law.

Sousa remains in custody at the Polk County Jail without bond.

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