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Boy, 2, struck by bullet in Orange County drive-by shooting

OCSO: Shooting occurred at home on 23rd Street

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A 2-year-old boy was taken to a hospital after a drive-by shooting Saturday, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. 

The shooting happened at a home in the 1200 block of 23rd Street in Orange County. 

Officials said the boy who was shot was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and is expected to survive. Neighbors described the victim as a sweet baby.

Deputies told News 6 the boy was inside a home when the bullets came flying in. 

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she heard the gunfire.

"Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom and it was a lot of shots. I'd say about 15," the neighbor said. 

The neighbor said the shooting was so terrifying she dropped to the floor.

"I'm very surprised. It almost scared me to death," the neighbor said. 

News 6 counted at least five bullet holes in the front door, one on the mailbox and several on the house. 

The Orange County Sheriff's Office also had a second portion of 23rd Street blocked off near the intersection of South Westmoreland Drive and could not confirm if the two scenes were connected. 

"There is a vehicle that has some bullet rounds located in it," said Cmdr. Bill Armstrong, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "We've secured that area, as well." 

Deputies did not say whether this appeared to be a targeted act of violence, but they did offer some solace for those living in the area and worried about their 
safety. 

"At this point, we have no reason to believe anyone is in danger in this neighborhood," Armstrong said. 

Still, neighbors said they are scared and worried for their safety.

"They could come back, and I'm hoping they won't, because there's a lot of kids in here and a lot of people in this neighborhood," the neighbor said.

Deputies have not released any description of the individual or the car they are looking for. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office. 

Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story. 

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the victim was a boy, not a girl as originally reported by law enforcement. 


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