1 dead, 1 injured after argument escalates to shooting in Lake Mary

Victims identified only as 28-, 35-year-old men

By Anna Johnson - Digital Journalist, Jerry Askin - Reporter

LAKE MARY, Fla. - A shooting at the Colonial Town Park shopping center in Lake Mary left one person dead and one in critical condition, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

The shooting occurred at 951 Market Promenade Ave. just after 2 a.m. Sunday. Deputies said when they arrived, they found two men with gunshot wounds. Both men were transported to area hospitals.

Witnesses said several people at the Graffiti Junktion, which is located in the shopping plaza, got into an argument and were ordered to leave the restaurant. Officials said when the group got outside, the argument escalated and one person fired multiple rounds from a handgun.

Deputies said they believe one of the victims was involved in the argument that led up to the shooting. That victim — a 35-year-old man — died as a result of his wounds. The other victim, who is 28 and believed to be an innocent bystander, remains in critical condition at an area hospital, according to authorities.

"I was in the bar. Everybody was having a good time," said Allen Golz. “I saw him die. I heard the gunshots.”

Investigators said they interviewed one person of interest, who cooperated fully.

"It was like, ‘Boom boom boom,’ and my neighbor told me, ‘Get down, sir. It’s something going on,’” Golz said. 

Deputies said two people were taken into custody. One of them has since been released. No charges have been filed.

Deputies have not yet released the victims' names.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 6/ClickOrlando for updates.

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