Teen shot, killed on Titusville bike trail identified

Shooter fled on foot, still at large, officers say

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – A 17-year-old was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon on a bike trail in Titusville, according to police.

The fatal shooting occurred just before 1 p.m. near 1100 N. Washington Avenue, across the highway from Parrish Medical Center, investigators said.

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Police on Thursday identified the teen as Mercutio Nicholias Burford, of Titusville.

Titusville police said Burford was found lying near the trail with life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital, where he died a couple of hours later.

The suspected shooter ran south and is still at large, according to the police department.

Police described the shooter as a man, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a slim build. Investigators said he was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeved hoodie and dark shorts.

Detectives announced Friday a juvenile shooting suspect is in custody.

No other information is available. Check back here for updates.


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