Recent shooting deaths of teen, toddler stem from gang feuds, Orange County sheriff says

14-year-old boy, 3-year-old child latest victims in string of drive-by shootings

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Just 24 hours after a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed in Orange County, a toddler was shot in the head and his life was cut short, Sheriff John Mina said. He says the community lost these young lives because of the increasing gang violence in the county and the young members that continue to join them.

“Those were just two of the four drive-by shootings that have happened within this past week,” Mina said. “There are some very violent gangs here at work in Orange County. They’re heavily armed and not afraid to use violence and don’t think twice about who they kill."

The sheriff took to the podium Wednesday in a news briefing to address the recent death of 3-year-old Daquane James Felix Jr.

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Gunfire went off Tuesday night by the 4400 block of Drexel Avenue near North Lane. Authorities said a gang was targeting someone who either lives or frequents the home where Felix was in. Nine people were in the home, but only the child was shot.

The sheriff said this was one of many retaliatory attacks from gangs since July. He said the issue is that these gangs are now involving younger people and putting innocent lives in jeopardy.

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