Woman shot in leg while sitting outside downtown Orlando bar

ORLANDO, Fla. — Police are investigating after a gunfight between two cars in downtown Orlando sent an innocent woman to the hospital.

Police Chief Orlando Rolon said the 40-year-old woman was sitting outside a bar on Central Boulevard when she was shot in the leg. Officers said she is expected to be OK.


Investigators said officers were called to the area of Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard just after 1:30 a.m. Investigators said they believe a few people were involved in a fistfight downtown and then got into their cars and followed each other before getting into a shootout.

Police said there were two cars involved, but they’re not sure if people in both cars fired weapons.

“It became a shootout. We don’t know how it took place if it took place between two vehicles or whether it was one vehicle shooting at another,” Lt. Frank Chisari said.

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Police have not released a description of the cars or people involved.

Rolon is asking anyone who witnessed the shooting or knows who may have been involved to call Orlando police or **TIPS.

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Rolon said before Wednesday’s shooting, officers hadn’t responded to a shooting in the core of downtown since November when three innocent bystanders were hit.

But records 9 Investigates requested show since last June, through this past week, officers were sent to more than 350 shooting calls across the city, though it’s difficult to quickly pinpoint where they’re concentrated.

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Earlier this month, 9 Investigates uncovered that in the last year, along the Orange Avenue corridor alone, officers confiscated 158 guns.

“We need the community to help us get this message across to those who are opting to settle those arguments with guns, it makes no sense,” Rolon said.

Police said they have a lot of surveillance video from city cameras and businesses of Wednesday’s shooting, and are working to piece together a description of the suspects and the vehicles involved.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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