27-year-old man shot in neck, leg, Ocala police say

Police: Victim in critical but stable condition

Lester Ray Smith, 31.
Lester Ray Smith, 31.

OCALA, Fla. – A 31-year-old man is facing charges after Ocala police said they believe he shot another man Sunday morning.

Police said they were called to a home on Southwest Fort King Street in Ocala at 4:42 a.m. about a shooting.

When officers arrived at the home, they found a 27-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his neck and leg, police said.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he remained in critical but stable condition Sunday afternoon, Ocala police said.

Police said Lester Ray Smith was considered a person of interest after officers found him near where the shooting took place. Smith was later arrested on charges of attempted second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Ocala police said the shooting is still being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 368-7867.

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