• Gunman sought after man shot, killed in DeLand home

    By: Kelly Healey , Jeff Levkulich


    DELAND, Fla. - A man was shot in a DeLand home Wednesday morning, police said.


    The shooting happened on Ambrose Street just before 5 a.m.


    DeLand police said the victim, Michael Dixon, 22, died at a hospital.


    Dixon's mother, Angelita Crawford, was in the home and jumped out the window to escape the shooting, according to a 911 call.


    Investigators said the shooter was a masked man with a handgun.


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    The investigation is ongoing.


    K-9s from the Edgewater and the New Smyrna police departments are assisting in the search for the gunman.


    Investigators do not believe the shooting was a random attack.


    Dixon was arrested in 2016 on suspicion of possession of marijuana and meth and resisting without violence, according to court documents. The case was later dismissed.


    "I want to stress that investigators have not confirmed at this time that this homicide is related to narcotics or narcotic sales," said Police Chief Jason Umberger, with the DeLand Police Department.


    This is the second shooting in DeLand in the last three days.


    A 18-year-old man was shot in one of his legs Sunday near the intersection of South Stone Street and Hubbard Avenue. No one has been arrested in that shooting.


    Anyone with information is asked to call the DeLand Police Department at 386-626-7400.

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