• Apopka man taking out garbage gets shot in crossfire


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A man is recovering after he was shot when he got caught in crossfire while taking out garbage in Apopka late Tuesday night, deputies said.

    Investigators said a driver was chasing four men and shooting at them through the window, but the man who was shot was caught in the middle along 15th Street.

    "Speaking with him, he stated he was taking his garbage out when all of the sudden somebody started firing rounds at him from a vehicle," said Lt. Paul Hopkins of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

    The victim was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. His name hasn’t been released.

    Authorities said after the man was shot, the van continued to barrel down the street firing bullets.

    Some homes were hit, but the only other person who had to go to the hospital was a woman who complained of chest pains, authorities said.

    The shooters then ditched the stolen van and torched it on 17th Street, deputies said.

    "The van that we found on fire was stolen out of Orange County, so we're going to see if we can link all three of these crimes together if they are in fact related," said Hopkins.

    Detectives spent hours Wednesday combing the neighborhood for clues, but they have not said whether they identified any suspects.

    “My momma and her two sons had just got out of the car five minutes ago before they started shooting,” said Witness Jackie Newsome. “My son was asleep on the porch, and a bullet went on the porch."

    Newsome's son's car was hit with three bullets.  Two of them shattered both front windows, spraying glass everywhere."

    “Anybody could have been hit, innocent bystanders,” said neighbor Kisha Green. “Ain't no telling what could have happened. Some people just don’t have common sense."

    Newsome said she hopes investigators can salvage something that could help them name a suspect.

    “It's senseless, no need, you know,” she said. “We have not done anything to anybody to do this."

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