[PHOTO CREDIT: Marilyn M. Aciego]
[Original Publish Date: 05/07/20]
TAVARES, Florida — Tavares Police Department is investigating a drive-by shooting — the second one this week.
At least one person was shot in the latest drive-by that occurred shortly before noon Thursday. The victim’s name and condition were unknown at press time. Lake Legal News was on scene at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Main Street, where police had the parking lot of Quik Stop, 102 South Lake Avenue, cordoned off with crime scene tape. A portion of the parking lot at a business across Lake Avenue from Quik Stop was also taped off, due to a vehicle being hit by a stray bullet. An obvious bullet hole could be seen in the rear driver’s side window of the silver SUV.
A spate of shootings at nearby Ingraham Park, including a shooting on Monday, prompted the City of Tavares to shut down the park earlier this week. No one was hurt in Monday’s shooting. There have been at least two murders at the park since 2012, Tavares Police Sgt. Sarah Coursey told LLN in March, following the murder of Terrence Hill.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Tavares Police stated in part, “Due to the recent incidents at Ingraham Park, the city has decided to close the park at this time — for the safety of all citizens.”
It’s unclear if all of the recent shootings are related. In a Facebook post Thursday, Tavares Police Department stated, “We are aware and have made contact with the principal parties involved in the shooting this morning at Lake Avenue and Main Street. Detectives continue the investigation and charges are pending. There is nothing further to release at this time.”
[ Read our LLN follow-up article here: https://www.lakelegalnews.com/article/one-man-arrested-in-recent-tavares-shooting-related-armed-robbery-warrant-out-for-another-man/ ]
Our Editor-in-Chief, Marilyn M. Aciego, began writing for Lake Legal News in 2010. Born and raised in Lake County, she is a graduate of Umatilla High School and Lake-Sumter State College. She started her journalism career at LSSC, where she was editor of both student publications, The Angler and The Odyssey. Her professional career began at the Daily Commercial in 2004 where she covered cops and courts the majority of her time there until she left in 2009. Currently, along with being Editor-in-Chief of Lake Legal News, she is the Florida bureau chief for an international media organization. She has made more than two dozen appearances on live national television, including Nancy Grace and the Greta Van Susteren show, along with her appearance on Evil Twins. Contact her with breaking news, tips, and feedback by sending an e-mail to 352Tips@gmail.com. You can also contact us on our Facebook page — and make sure you “Like” and “Follow us” there. [PHOTO CREDIT: Bonnie Whicher]