2 men shot during warehouse party in Orange County, deputies say

Deputies said over 100 people were in attendance

Man shot and killed in warehouse party
Man shot and killed in warehouse party

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shooting at a party that left one person dead.

According to authorities, deputies responded to a warehouse in the 300 block of North Ivey Lane in reference to an aggravated battery around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

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When deputies arrived they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound, a report said. The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Deputies later identified the victim as 56-year-old Delroy Steele.

Deputies said a 29-year-old man was also shot receiving a non-life-threatening wound. The man drove himself to a hospital and is said to be in serious condition.

“Detectives' investigation revealed this incident took place during a large party that was held at that warehouse,” deputies said. “There were more than 100 people at the party and detectives are eager to talk to any witnesses.”

According to investigators, the Orange Blossom Family Health Center was struck by a bullet during the gunfire but was unoccupied at the time.

“We as a community have to come together to stop this violence,” said Bakari Burns, the president and CEO of the health center.

Burns, who is also an Orlando city commissioner, said he’s happy his center was closed because things could have been worse, but he also has large concerns about large parties happening right now.

“Because outside of the violence that might come from these type of activities, there’s also the threat of COVID-19,” Burns said. “We’re talking about 3 to 5 (thousand dollars) worth of damage. Just think about the number of dental services, medical services that could have been provided with that amount of money.”

Orange County detectives urge anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office by calling 407- 836-4357. Witnesses can also contact Crimeline at 800- 423-8477.

“Detectives and deputies are still on scene as this investigation is an active and on-going,” deputies added.

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