Orange County community on edge after 2 children killed in gang-related shootings, deputies say

PINE HILLS, Fla. — A community in Orange County is on edge after a 3-year-old and a 14-year-old were shot and killed this week in gang-related shootings, according to Orange County deputies.

On Monday, 14-year-old Joshua Atkinson was shot and killed. And Tuesday, 3-year-old Daquane Felix Jr. was shot and killed while he was playing at his home in Pine Hills just a few miles away from where Atkinson was shot.

Both were innocent victims of drive-by shootings and gang violence, according to investigators.

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“Kids got guns. It’s kids killing kids. They’re not knowing what they’re doing. By the time they realize what they did, it’s too late,” one neighbor said.

People in the community are understandably on edge.

Friends and families hope detective work and constant patrols in the area of the shootings help push those responsible to turn themselves in.

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On Thursday night, a group of people gathered to honor Felix, but they decided to cancel the vigil when they heard of reports of another shooting on White Heron Drive. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office reported it wasn’t a shooting, but a car crash that led to a dispute.

Orange County deputies said they believe they know which gangs are involved in the shootings and are offering a $5,000 reward for tips in the case.

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