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Man in critical condition after shooting on Ivey Lane, deputies say

Another gunshot victim at Ocoee hospital with non-life-threatening injury

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A man is at a local hospital with critical injuries after a shooting in Orange County, according to officials from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the shooting occurred just after 5 p.m. at 878 S. Ivey Lane Drive at the corner of Ivey Lane and Gore Avenue.

Two men, ages 37 and 34, were standing in front of a store when another man approached them with a firearm, according to authorities. They said the armed man fired several shots at the victims, hitting one man multiple times and the other once.

Officials said the man with multiple gunshot wounds was transferred to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Bakari Edwards, a friend of the critically injured man, left his friend for a few minutes just before the shooting. When Edwards came back, he found his friend on the ground.

"I just stood over him seeing him try to breathe," Edwards said.

The second man arrived at Orlando Health Central in Ocoee shortly after, according to deputies. His injury is not life-threatening.

Both victims are providing "little cooperation," according to deputies.

Authorities are actively investigating. 

Edwards just hopes his friend will make it through.

"We got one life to live," he said. "One time to live it. One soul to give. Be careful who you belong to. Life's too short."

Investigators described the shooter as a black man between 31 and 32 years old with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with red and white lettering, light blue jeans and black shoes.

Photos of a person of interesting in the shooting on Ivey Lane.
Photos of a person of interesting in the shooting on Ivey Lane.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). Anonymous tipsters can received a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.