West News Wire: According to the Lakeland Police Department, 11 persons were injured in a mass shooting on Monday in Lakeland, Florida.
Police report that nine people have non-life-threatening injuries, while two victims are gravely hurt.
The two victims are in critical condition, according to Lakeland Police Chief Sam Taylor, who stated on Monday that “one is in surgery and the other is either in surgery or headed to surgery.”
No one has been taken into custody and no suspects have been publicly identified, but Taylor indicated during a press conference on Tuesday morning that “we have persons we are highly interested in.”
According to Taylor on Tuesday, police think they have located the blue Nissan Altima the suspects were driving when they started shooting.
Taylor said they are “pretty confident” there are at least four suspects and at least two of them were firing from the vehicle.
Police responded to calls of a shooting at a location near Iowa Avenue North and Plum Street at 3:43 p.m.
All the victims were adult men between 20 and 35 years old, according to Taylor.
Police said the shooting wasn’t random and the victims were targeted.
“We don’t believe there’s any reason that the public would need to be concerned right now,” Taylor said. “We think that the individuals in the car shot at and shot who they wanted to shoot.”
Authorities added that they located marijuana at the scene, hinting that marijuana was being sold at the time of the incident, but there is no information on whether the suspected sale of marijuana and the shooting are linked.