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Man slain, child shot inside Marion County home, deputies say

Sheriff’s officials ID victim as Vontrail Stafford, 25

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A man was found dead early Saturday inside a Marion County home, where a child was also discovered suffering from a gunshot wound, deputies said.

The shooting was reported around 12:15 a.m. on Pine Terrace Way near Ocala.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, callers reported hearing gunshots and deputies found Vontrail Stafford, 25, dead on the floor of a bedroom. Stafford’s death is being investigated as a homicide, officials said.

The child, whose name and age have not been released, was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and later released, according to deputies.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident, according to a sheriff’s incident report.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call Crimestoppers of Marion County at 352‐368‐STOP.


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