Gunman sought after 10-year-old boy, man shot in Sanford, police say

Authorities seek Daquan 'Bobo' Butts in shooting of man, boy

Daquan Butts.
Daquan Butts.

SANFORD, Fla. – Law enforcement officials continue to look for a 21-year-old man who allegedly shot a 10-year-old boy and another man Thursday evening in Sanford, and they consider him armed and very dangerous.

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Police said two men got into an argument at West 13th Street (Historic Goldsboro) and Oleander Avenue around 7:30 p.m., and the altercation ended in gunfire.

A man was shot in the buttocks and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Police said 10-year-old Jeremiah Taylor, a student at Idyllwilde Elementary School, was shot in the abdomen while riding a bicycle nearby.  Jeremiah was airlifted to Winnie Palmer Hospital and was recovering in the intensive care unit in stable condition after undergoing surgery, officials said.

Daquan Butts.
Daquan Butts.

The man who was shot was helping police find the gunman, identified by police as 21-year-old Daquan Butts, also known as "Bobo."

"Daquan Butts demonstrated a reckless disregard for human life when he pulled out a firearm and randomly shot, injuring an innocent child," said Chief Cecil Smith. "The community should be outraged by such careless disregard for life."

Local 6 learned Butts has an extensive criminal history that includes a drug charge after a 2012 high-speed chase involving the Florida Highway Patrol. He was also charged with aggravated battery for choking a woman in Sanford in 2011.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or knows Butts' whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Crimeline at 800 423-TIPS. Police said calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous and tips to Crimeline that lead to solving a felony case are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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