3 arrested in Church Street shooting that left man critically injured

Shooting reported near Liberty Avenue in Orlando

A man was shot early Monday in downtown Orlando, prompting a large police presence.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A man and two teens were arrested after a man was shot early Monday in downtown Orlando, prompting a large police presence.

Police swarmed Church Street near Liberty Avenue around 4:30 a.m. after receiving reports of the shooting.

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Orlando police said a 24-year-old man was shot at the intersection of East Church Street and Liberty Avenue. After police applied a tourniquet, he was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition, police said.

According to police, three suspects, were detained and later arrested.

The motive in the shooting is not known.

Michael Thomas, 20, faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, burglary, petit theft and criminal mischief, deputies said. The two teens, 16 and 17, also face charges of burglary and petit theft.

Michael Thomas, 20 (Orlando Police Department)

Police say they received calls about an incident and witnesses who believed someone was stealing a bicycle. If they hadn’t received those calls, they might not have arrived in time to find the man who was shot. Police said it demonstrated the importance of the “see something, say something” concept.

An investigation is ongoing.

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