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Orange County shooting kills 2 men, injures another man

Written by Javed Iqbal

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says three men were shot Saturday afternoon, and one of those men was shot by a deputy. There is an ongoing investigation at the Heritage Hotel at 7900 South Orange Blossom Trail near Sand Lake Road. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office provided an update on the shooting. According to Mark Canty, Orange County Sheriff’s Office undersheriff, they responded to the area Saturday afternoon after calls of a shooting around 10 p.m. 12:36 p.m. When they arrived at the scene, deputies found a man who had been shot. Deputies then encountered another person, a man holding a gun. When told to drop the gun, the man did not comply, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. One of the deputies fired their firearm, striking the man. Deputies then learned another man had been shot before they arrived on the scene. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, all three men who had been shot were transported to the hospital. Canty said the relationship between those three men is still under investigation. Two of the three men who were shot have been pronounced dead. One of the two deceased men was the one who was shot by a deputy, and the other man was the victim who was first found upon arrival at the scene. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is not looking for additional suspects in the shooting at this time. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will take the lead in the investigation, Canty said at a news conference Saturday. The deputy who fired his firearm is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Canty said the information and calls from residents helped deputies respond quickly to the scene. He wants nearby residents to know this: “They should know that they called us for help. We responded and we were there to help them and prevent someone from killing more people,” Canty said at a news conference. The hotel where the shooting happened is located near a lot of shops on the Orange Blossom Trail. Eliseo Duarte calmly went about his work organizing carts in the parking lot of the store next to the hotel, Daily Dealz OBT. Suddenly he heard over five shots. “Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” Duarte said. He said he ducked behind a car for cover. “It was really scary. I’ve never heard gunshots so close,” Duarte said. Then he ran inside to get his manager Sal Khreiwesh. “I come out here and I look at all these officers, like five or six police cars just come here,” he said. Khreiwesh said he was concerned because this shooting happened on a very busy day at the store. “It’s very concerning, especially on $10 days. There’s a line, there’s a line at like 9:30, 9:40. People want these $10 deals. So imagine that happened back then,” said he. Staff at the store said they are grateful for the police’s quick response. “The police did their job, I think, and they closed the area down. It happened really quickly,” Duarte said. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office praised the public for quickly raising the alarm. “The good thing about this case is that a lot of people called us and our deputies were able to respond and put themselves between innocent civilians and a bad guy,” Canty said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says three men were shot Saturday afternoon, and one of those men was shot by a deputy.

There is an ongoing investigation at the Heritage Hotel at 7900 South Orange Blossom Trail near Sand Lake Road.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office provided an update on the shooting.

According to Mark Canty, Orange County Sheriff’s Office undersheriff, they responded to the area Saturday afternoon after calls of a shooting around 10 p.m. 12:36 p.m

When they arrived at the scene, they found a man who had been shot.

Deputies then encountered another person, a man holding a gun.

When asked to drop the gun, the man did not comply, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the deputies fired their firearm, striking the man.

Deputies then learned another man had been shot before they arrived on the scene.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, all three men who had been shot were transported to the hospital.

Canty said the relationship between the three men is still under investigation.

Two of the three men who were shot have been pronounced dead.

One of the two deceased men was the one who was shot by a deputy, and the other man was the victim who was first found upon arrival at the scene.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is not looking for additional suspects in the shooting at this time.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will take the lead in the investigation, Canty said at a news conference Saturday.

The FDLE’s findings will then be provided to the State Attorney’s Office, and OCSO will conduct an internal investigation once that process is complete.

The deputy who fired his firearm is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Canty said the information and calls from residents helped deputies respond quickly to the scene.

He wants nearby residents to know this:

“They should know that they called us for help. We responded and we were there to help them and prevent someone from killing more people,” Canty said at a news conference.

The hotel where the shooting happened is located near a lot of shops on the Orange Blossom Trail.

Eliseo Duarte calmly went about organizing carts in the parking lot of the store next to the hotel, Daily Dealz OBT.

Suddenly he heard over five shots.

“Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” Duarte said.

He said he ducked behind a car for cover.

“It was really scary. I’ve never heard gunshots so close,” Duarte said.

Then he ran inside to get his manager Sal Khreiwesh.

“I come out here and I look at all these officers, like five or six police cars just come here,” he said.

Khreiwesh said he was concerned because this shooting happened on a very busy day at the store.

“It’s very concerning, especially on $10 days. There’s a line, there’s a line at like 9:30, 9:40. People want these $10 deals. So imagine that happened back then,” said he.

Staff at the store said they are grateful for the police’s quick response.

“The police did their job, I think, and they closed the area down. It happened really quickly,” Duarte said.

Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office praised the public for quickly raising the alarm.

“The good thing about this case is that a lot of people called us and our deputies were able to respond and put themselves between innocent civilians and a bad guy,” Canty said.

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