2 men from Jacksonville found dead after shooting on East Colonial, OPD says

Detectives are currently investigating

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Police Department is investigating a shooting that left two men dead.

According to OPD, the shooting happened around 2:18 a.m. Sunday when two men were driving west on Colonial Drive.

Officers said another vehicle pulled up next to the men and shot and killed 25-year-old Darien Sulph and 31-year-old Brandon Bevel.

Darien Sulph (Left) and Brandon Bevel (Right)

When officers arrived they found the two men dead inside their vehicle. Their car was found near a bus stop in front of a Wendy’s.

Investigators said both men are from Jacksonville. Before the shooting the pair were out enjoying Orlando’s nightlife activities.

According to officers, the shooting closed East Colonial Drive from Coy Drive to Hampton Avenue.

OPD shooting investigation.

OPD said in a tweet, “Colonial Drive will remain closed for an extended timeframe between Coy Drive and Hampton Avenue while police investigate a crash and shooting.”

Colonial Drive has since reopened.

Christian Baciu lives nearby and said the sirens woke him up.

“It’s shocking for me. This is a safe neighborhood and you very rarely see something like this. It’s shocking,” Baciu said. “We hope that they will find all of the answers.”

Detectives are now searching for whether any witnesses who may have saw something on Colonial Drive between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Sunday, specifically between Maguire Boulevard and Hampton Avenue.

Police say the victims were in a small black Mercedes SUV and likely had an exchange of some kind with a second vehicle prior to the crash. 

Police haven’t released any information on the victims.

Investigators urge anyone with information to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS(8477) or OPD at 321-235-5300.


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Amanda Castro, a proud UCF alum, joined the News 6 team in November 2015 and was promoted to weekend morning anchor in April 2016. Go Knights!