[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 01/20/21]
UMATILLA, Florida — A suspect is on the loose after someone was shot at their home in Umatilla Wednesday morning.
According to a press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, a black male with shoulder-length dreadlocks shot the victim at the victim’s home at 51 Highland Avenue at 11:20 a.m. The suspect fled the scene in a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows, LCSO Lt. John Herrell said.
The victim, whose identity has not been released, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.
The shooting caused both Umatilla Middle School and Umatilla High School to be placed on lockdown for a short period of time, according to Lake County Schools.
If you have information on Wednesday’s shooting, call LCSO at 352-343-2101 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. Crimeline callers may be eligible for a reward.
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]