Police offer reward for tips after man shot, killed in car near Daytona Beach middle school

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona Beach police are searching for a killer after an 18-year-old was found shot to death inside his car outside a middle school.

Police said Eric Gordon was found slumped over the wheel of his car with a gunshot wound to his head around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, outside Campbell Middle School.

Police said Gordon’s car had driven through a fence and hit the school building after he was shot.


Gordon's father, Prince Washington, said Gordon was a loving child who cared about everyone.

"He was my life. It just took my life away from me," Washington said.

Gordon was found bleeding and was taken to a hospital, where he died.

“My baby was taken away from me too early,” said Gordon’s mother, Vickie Gordon. “Way too early.”

Vickie choked back tears Sunday while saying she doesn't know why her son was shot and killed.

“Eric's a very loving, caring kid. He cared for me,” she said.

Officers said there were bullet holes in the driver's side door of Gordon's vehicle.

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Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri said officers do not know who shot Eric Gordon and they are looking for at least one, and possibly two suspects.

“We do know our victim who was in the car was not alone there was someone else in the car that two witnesses saw flee from the vehicle,” Capri said.

There is a $10,000 reward being offered through Crimeline for information that will lead to an arrest by calling 800-432-TIPS(8477).

Police said as of Monday, they had yet to receive any leads.

Anyone with information on the shooting is also asked to call Daytona Beach police at 386-671-5200.

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