Eleven people were shot dead, including two who were in critical condition, in a drive-by shooting on a Lakeland, Fla. street Monday, police said.
The shooting happened around 3:43 p.m. when the four windows of a dark blue Nissan sedan rolled down and at least two people opened fire, Police Chief Sam Taylor said.
People on both sides of the road were hit, he said.
“We have reason to believe that this was a deliberate event, that it wasn’t a random act,” Taylor said at a news conference Monday night.
Officers found three people who had been shot, Taylor said. Others were taken to a hospital in private vehicles or turned up for treatment, he said.
Initially, police believed there were 10 victims in total, but later learned another person was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound, Taylor said Tuesday.
Those shot were described as men between the ages of 20 and 35.
Two people were in critical condition – one had been shot in the abdomen and the other in the face and jaw area, Taylor said.
The nine others had non-life-threatening injuries, he said.
The vehicle was a dark blue Nissan four-door sedan, Taylor said. Windows rolled down and people inside started shooting, he said.
Taylor said Monday there was shooting from every window, but on Tuesday he said there were at least four people in the car and at least two were shooting. “There may have been more involved in the shooting,” he said.
A motive is being determined, police said. There were no arrests, but Taylor said investigators have promising leads.
A vehicle believed to be the Nissan was found in Lakeland Tuesday morning, Taylor said.
Lakeland is a city of about 112,000 people about 30 miles east of Tampa.
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