• Deputies search for gunman in Orange County hookah lounge shooting

    By: Kelly Healey , Sarahbeth Ackerman

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    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies are searching for a gunman who shot a man outside a hookah lounge in Orange County, the Sheriff’s Office said.

     

    The man, whose name was not released, was shot inside the Sky Hookah Lounge on East Colonial Drive at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday, deputies said.

     

    The shooting victim’s girlfriend drove him to a hospital.

     


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    Neighbors said the shooting has them on edge.

     

    “You come to work and there's yellow tape wrapped around. Someone got hurt. It's not very comfortable,” GQ Barber Shop manager Martin Marrero said.

     

    Several vehicles were seen driving away from the shooting as first responders arrived, deputies said.

     

    The victim is recovering in the hospital.

     

    Tom Swonger, who lives near the lounge, said the venue can be noisy at night.

     

    "On the weekends, (I hear) a lot of loud music, people having a good time, partying out there -- usually late into the night," he said. "We've had a history of stuff going on behind our house there ... I'm not surprised at all."

     

    Neither the circumstances surrounding the shooting nor information on the gunman have been released.

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