Lake County shooting may be connected to Mt. Dora dance party, deputies say

Shooting happened less than half mile away

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A video on social media to advertise the 'Project X' rave, or wild dance party, shows people having a good time. The event was held at a venue in Mount Dora Friday night, and a man on Twitter wrote the event was, "An unforgettable night."

But Lake County Sheriff's Office deputies believe the party may be related to a deadly shooting that happened less than a half mile away early Saturday.

[RELATED: 1 dead, 1 injured in shooting after rave, Lake County deputies say]

The party ended around 2:30 a.m., about the same time neighbors on Sheridan Road reported hearing the bang of three gunshots.

"I was pretty much dead asleep, and it woke me up. It startled me," said a mother of two who didn't want to be identified.

When deputies arrived, they found a stolen car with two gunshot victims. One of them is expected to be OK, but the other, 21-year-old Steven Charlostin, was found dead. The Sheriff's Office believes shooting may be related to the event because, besides the timing and proximity, the victim is from Orlando, from where many of the people who attended the event were bused in from.

"Everybody that came down was patted down, wanded down," said Darius Kerrison, who attended the party.

He added it was well put together with multiple layers of security.

"No fights at all. Just a good event," he said.

But deputies said they plan to release more details about the shooting, and possibly, what lead up to it, in a few days.