‘There’s no pattern, no reason:’ Daytona Beach police address recent fatal shootings

3 fatal shootings reported in past couple of weeks

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The Daytona Beach Police Department held a press conference on Friday to discuss the recent fatal shootings.

There have been three fatal shootings in the past couple of weeks.

“There’s no pattern, no reason,” Chief Craig Capri said. “We take these things very seriously. It bothers me and upsets me that these things happen but now it’s time to focus on getting these killers in custody.”

On Wednesday, 36-year-old Fausto Flores Hernandez was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting on North Franklin Street.

Police said Hernandez was eating dinner with his family at the time of the shooting.

“Shots were fired at the residence and the victim happened to get up to look outside the window and was struck,” Chief Capri said.

Hernadez’s sister said he did not have any enemies.

“He’s my hero. We need action. Call the police,” she said.

On Sunday, 56-year-old Sammy Watson died a week after getting shot outside his home on Margie Lane.

Investigators said he was approached by a man asking for money.

“He was shot in the back of the leg and ankle and went to the hospital,” Chief Capri said. Telling News 6 Watson died as a result of a heart attack from a blood clot after the shooting.

Eric Gordon, 18, was found dead outside of Campbell Middle School with a gunshot wound to his head. Chief Capri telling News 6 they are making significant strides in his case.

"It's another tragedy," he said. "You have an innocent victim here that did nothing wrong. He's a good kid, he just - it's bad, it's bad but we are going to get justice for him, I promise for Eric."

Part of that takes not only around the clockwork from homicide detectives, but the Chief said they have enacted their Street Violence Initiative was enacted, where more officers were brought in to work to saturate the areas and help solve the cases.

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