Third teen arrested in connection with fatal Ocala shooting, police say

OCALA, Fla. — A third teen has been arrested in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Jacorie McCullough, Ocala police said Thursday.


Dave Foster Jr., 14, was arrested after being identified through additional video surveillance, police said.

McCullough was fatally shot in front of the 7 Days Food Store on First Avenue on Friday, police said. Three subjects — later identified as Foster, 18-year-old Leandre Cox and 14-year-old Cedric Bowie — appeared to be involved in robbing McCollough, according to police.

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Dave Foster Jr., 14, Third Teen Arrested For Murder of Jacorie McCullough

THIRD TEEN ARRESTED FOR MURDER! Today, #Ocala #Police Detective Kern arrested another teen, Dave Foster Jr., 14, for the murder of 23-year-old Jacorie McCullough. Foster was identified through additional video surveillance and located by our detectives. On March 25, McCollough was gunned down in front of the 7 Days Food Store on 2002 NW 1st Ave. after fighting Cox in the parking lot. Detectives obtained video surveillance from the store which captured the shooting taking place. Before the killing, three subjects, Cedric Bowie, 14, Leandre Cox, 18, and Dave Foster, appear to be involved in a robbery of McCullough. Bowie is seen walking towards McCullough's vehicle, opening the back door, and taking a backpack from inside. McCullough confronts Bowie and takes back the backpack and puts it back in the vehicle. Cox and Foster then enter the camera's view and Cox is seen reaching into the front waistline of his pants. Cox aggressively approaches McCullough with a gun in his hand and swings it at McCullough. The two engage in a short physical fight until Cox fires the gun at McCullough. After the shot, Foster grabs the backpack from McCullough's vehicle and he, Bowie, and Cox run away from the crime scene. OPD arrived and provided some medical attention at the scene. When EMS arrived, McCullough was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injury. On Monday, March 28, Bowie was located by Detective Sirolli during a traffic stop and arrested. Cox turned himself into the Ocala Police Department headquarters on Tuesday night around 11 p.m and was taken to the Marion County Jail. On March 31, Foster was located and taken to jail. Detective Sirolli, while working another case, found a text message thread between Cox and someone else that said, "anywhere we see Palay he getting robbed." Palay is a known nickname of McCullough. Our detectives are still actively investigating this murder. We're asking for our community's help. If you have any information about the murder of Jacorie McCullough, please call Det. Kern at 352-369-7000 or dial **TIPS. Reminder: Juvenile records are traditionally considered confidential, however, there are exceptions. Juveniles who are arrested for felony charges, like murder, are not confidential and their names and images can be publicized. Keeping our community safe is our top priority. Ocala Police is determined to hold everyone, including juveniles, who commit crimes accountable for their actions.

Posted by Ocala Police Department on Thursday, March 31, 2022

Officers were called to the store on NW 1st Ave. just after 1:30 p.m. Friday for reports of two men fighting in the parking lot.

By the time they arrived on the scene, police say McCullough had been shot and the suspects were gone.

McCullough was treated on the scene until emergency crews arrived and took him to the hospital where he later died.

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On Monday, the Ocala Police Department announced Bowie’s arrest, charging him as an accomplice to McCullough’s murder.

Police say Bowie didn’t shoot McCullough but haven’t explained exactly what his role was in the murder or how they identified him as a suspect.

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Cox turned himself into the Ocala police headquarters Tuesday and was taken to the Marion County Jail.

While working another case, detectives found a text message thread between Cox and someone else that read, “anywhere we see Palay he getting robbed,” police said. Palay is a known nickname of McCullough.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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