Gunman in Orange County double shooting still at large, deputies say
Two in hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The man suspected in a double shooting Sunday morning is still at large, according to officials from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said the shooting occurred just after 4 a.m. at a restaurant and night club on the 5100 block of South Orange Blossom Trail. The space was being used for a private party of between 200 and 300 people.
Kendy Jean owns Kendy House of Wings, the restaurant where the party was held. He said his business was rented for the evening for a birthday party.
Jean said right before the party was over, two people inside the restaurant got into a fight.
"They kicked them out and they had to leave. I told security they had to leave," Jean said.
Jean said the people who hosted the party hired their own professional and licensed security guards. Jean said security told everyone to leave when the party ended at 2:30 a.m.
Jean said the large crowd spent more than an hour hanging out in the back parking lot.
Then around 4 a.m., a fight broke out in the parking lot of the building and the suspect, a black male in his 20s, began shooting, according to authorities.
Witnesses tell News 6 they heard the gunshots and saw people running and screaming.
Officials said two men were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Another man, 28 year old Jean Guercon Pierre, was arrested for resisting law enforcement without violence. The suspected shooter has yet to be detained.
Deputies said there is no threat to the community from the suspect at large. The victims and suspect knew each other and the shooting was not a random act, according to officials.
Deputies blocked off the business for hours Sunday morning. They interviewed witnesses and gathered evidence to determine what happened.
"We have cameras all over. We have cameras inside, outside, in the front, in the back, in the parking lot," Jean said.
Jean said he opened his restaurant eight months ago. He said something like this has never happened before.
Jean adds he plans to increase security for any future events.
"Next time anybody, anyone has a birthday party here, the party will be over at 2 a.m. and I'm going to be the one who hires the professional licensed security guard myself," he said.
Deputies said the victims and the witnesses are not cooperating with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
The investigation is ongoing.
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