Police: Cocoa shooting victim attempted to save woman from being hit

Police seek suspect in shooting

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COCOA, Fla. – Cocoa police are investigating a shooting that left one person wounded Tuesday evening when he attempted to stop another man from hitting a woman. 

The shooting took place just after 7:30 p.m. when dispatchers received multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting at the Village Green Apartments on Dixon Boulevard, according to News 6 partner Florida Today

Police said the incident started when the victim attempted to intervene in a fight between an unknown man and woman. When the argument turned violent, police said the man began hitting the woman. That's when the victim tried to get in between the two. 

He was then shot by the man he was attempting to stop.  

The unidentified 26-year-old victim was airlifted to a local hospital where he was being treated for critical injuries but is in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Police said witnesses reported a suspect fleeing immediately after the shooting, and detectives are looking for anyone else with information related to the crime.

The suspect may be a black man in his early 30s driving a silver, four-door car. 

Anyone with information can call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-8477.