Man shot outside Orange County hookah lounge

Victim taken to AdventHealth East Hospital with critical injuries

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A man was shot and critically injured early Monday outside an Orange County hookah lounge, according to authorities.

The shooting was reported around 3 a.m. at the Real Hookah Lounge on Goldenrod Road near Alachua Street.

The shooting victim, a 28-year-old man, was dropped off at AdventHealth East Hospital, prompting an investigation. 

Video showed about a dozen people detained outside the lounge, but deputies said no one has been taken into custody and no arrests have been made.

Scott Treviranus, who lives nearby, said he often rides his bike near the plaza and heard gunshots a few days ago.

"It doesn't seem like a very safe environment, to say the least," Treviranus said.

Late Monday afternoon, deputies released video of two people described as persons of interest in the shooting.

Authorities said they did not have details about how the two men could be connected to the shooting, but they asked for the public's help in identifying them.

Anyone who recognizes the men or has additional information about the shooting is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

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