Apopka shootout leads to arrest in shooting of 11-year-old girl

5 taken into custody in shootout between cars

APOPKA, Fla. – A shootout between two cars in Apopka early Thursday led to the arrest of a man who was wanted in a November shooting that injured a sleeping 11-year-old girl, police said.

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Apopka police said the Thursday shooting started around 4:40 a.m. near State Road 441 and Piedmont-Wekiva Road.

One of the five detained in the shootout was Debrand Blair, who investigators say is responsible for shooting the girl in November. Blair hadn't been found until Thursday morning.

Police were called to the scene for an apparent road rage shooting and chased the vehicles to Blair's grandparents' house on Apopka Hills Circle.

After obtaining a search warrant, police found bullets, magazines and an AK-47 rifle in the trunk one of the cars.

The also found .40 caliber and .45 caliber guns hidden in the house.

By Thursday afternoon, Apopka police had arrested three men:  Daerius Moore, Jordan Turner and Blair. Two others were being questioned, Apopka Police Chief Robert Manley told Local 6.

"You bring the stuff to the city of Apopka, we will chase you down, track you down and apprehend you," the chief said in a news conference. "We're not going to tolerate that in the city of Apopka.

"Miracles have happened before, and I prayed, and I kept faith," said Latoyia Moton, the sister of Jasada Barrette, the 11-year-old shot in a drive-by shooting last November. "I knew that (the arrest) was going to happen."

Moton said Jasada is up walking around now because the bullets missed her spine.

Police said Blair isn't cooperating with them about the shootout investigation.

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