Shooter sought after man killed near Orlando Police Department

37-year-old man dies after he was found lying on sidewalk

By Vanessa Araiza - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando police are investigating a shooting Thursday that left a man dead.

Police said Jevon Crawford, 37, died in the shooting, which was reported around 8 p.m. in the 400 block of Lee Avenue, just south of South Street near the Orlando Police Department.

"There was somebody around in this neighborhood (and) all you can hear is several shots in the distance," Orlando police Lt. Jonathan Bigelow said. 

Police said Crawford was found lying on the sidewalk. He was alive when police arrived, but died at the hospital, according to authorities.

Nathaniel Meadows heard the gunshots from his house. 

"I was in the kitchen and I heard the gunshots," Meadows said. "You hear gunshots around here all the time. I got behind the wall. You know, just because you don't know where it's coming from."

News 6 discovered cameras are in the neighborhood, but police have not released possible surveillance video.

Authorities said they could not release information about whether the camera recorded the shooting because the investigation is active.

In regard to IRIS cameras around the city and what ones are operational, officials said that information will not be released because of security purposes. 

Since its implementation in 2007, there have been issues with IRIS cameras not working or recording video including in April 2016 when a camera wasn't working at Lake Eola. 

A representative with the city said they have been working on enhancement projects to make sure the cameras are in working order. 

Some of those include, according to authorities:

  •  One of the first enhancements we made was the installation of monitoring equipment that immediately alerts OPD when there is an issue with a camera.  This – in addition to the purchase and deployment of a dedicated bucket truck - have been important tools to immediately investigate issues and help to expedite any repairs with the cameras.
  • In 2016, the City created and filled a dedicated OPD staff position that is solely focused full-time on maintaining the IRIS cameras and managing any outages.  
  •  In addition, the City also created a dedicated annual operating budget for the IRIS cameras. (These were previously purchased, operated and maintained through grant funding when available.)

Bigelow told News 6 that OPD recently developed a bike unit to patrol the Parramore and downtown areas.

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