Volusia County

Warrant issued for person of interest in fatal shooting at DeBary IHOP

DEBARY, Fla. — The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said a warrant has been issued for Sammy McKnight Jr., for arrest on a charge of second-degree murder.

On Sunday investigators identified McKnight as a person of interest in the deadly shooting at a DeBary IHOP on Friday evening.


On Monday, Sheriff Mike Chitwood announced a $5,000 reward available for information leading to McKnight’s arrest.

Sammy McKnight, 31, of Palm Bay may be in the Daytona Beach area, according to law enforcement.

READ: Gunman at large after fight leads to shooting outside IHOP in DeBary, deputies say

Investigators also said 35-year-old James Shirley of DeBary passed away on the scene of Friday night’s shooting.

Deputies said the shooting happened at around 6:30 p.m. at the IHOP on Dirksen Drive in DeBary.

Investigators released images of McKnight’s car a light blue or gray 2007 Cadillac CTS with Florida tag LNI-T47.

Anyone who sees the suspect’s car is asked to call 911.

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