TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Titusville police released new information Wednesday in a deadly home invasion, including video and photos of two men who are persons of interest in the homicide case, officials said.
Authorities held a news conference at 10:45 a.m. at the Titusville Police Department.
The announcement comes two days after Curtis Murray Jr., 34, was shot and killed at a home in the 500 block of Rock Pit Road.
Police said Murray and a teen were held at gunpoint by two intruders who tried to steal their belongings. Investigators did not say what kind of relationship the teen had with the victim, but a 911 caller who identified himself as a neighbor told the operator the teen was Murray’s son.
“This is a heinous crime to come into someone’s home, to attempt to rob them and then shoot them and to take their life. There’s no more serious crime that comes to our desks,” Sgt. Tim Werring with Titusville police said.
According to police, the evidence shows Murray was shot during a fight with the culprits, who fled the scene and remain at large. The teen was not hurt.
Police said Murray was targeted and the shooting was not a random act of violence, however, police did not answer how Murray may have known the gunmen.
While police stopped short of calling the men in the surveillance video suspects, Werring did warn that they should be considered “armed and dangerous.”
“It’s disgusting. It’s absolutely horrifying and it’s every parents’ nightmare. We’ve got to get these folks,” Police Chief John Lau said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 321-264-7800 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS. A $5,000 reward is being offered through Crimeline for information leading to an arrest.