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Man dies after being shot inside closed Applebee’s restaurant in The Villages

LADY LAKE, Fla. — A man died after he was shot inside an Applebee’s in The Villages after 1 a.m. Tuesday, Lady Lake police said.

Officers said the man was involved in a fight outside the restaurant on Bichara Boulevard after 1 a.m. where at least three shots were fired. Investigators said after the shots rang out, employees locked the restaurant doors and called 911.

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Officers said the man tried to get inside the restaurant, which was closed. They said a woman inside the restaurant opened the side door and let the man in, where another altercation occurred.

Investigators said a man inside the restaurant with a concealed weapon permit shot the man, who died at the scene.

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Police the man has not been identified and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Lady Lake Police Department at 352-751-1565. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the Central Florida Crimeline toll free at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477) or online at cfcrimeline.com

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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