Security guard wounded when gunman opens fire inside Lake County internet café, deputies say

Victim airlifted to hospital after Dona Vista shooting

A security guard was shot and wounded Wednesday evening during an attempted robbery at an internet café in the Dona Vista area of Lake County, according to sheriff’s officials.

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A security guard was shot and wounded Wednesday evening during an attempted robbery at an internet café in the Dona Vista area of Lake County, according to sheriff’s officials.

The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. at an internet gaming establishment at 37415 State Road 19, just south of Umatilla.

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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said a man entered the facility and opened fire, striking one person. Deputies said the victim was airlifted to a hospital in stable condition.

Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Fred Jones said Thursday that the agency is searching for two men suspected in the crime.

It’s not known how many people were inside the facility at the time of the shooting.

No arrests have been made, and a detailed description of the culprits has not been released.

Rachel Cannady was upset to hear that a shooting took place not far from her home off S.R. 19.

“We know it’s not good. We are not ignorant, and we hear the loud music, we see the people walking up and down the street. We know they have this fake membership to be there,” Cannady said. “I would like to see this place shut down and I would like to see all these people that have been spending their time here to find something more worth wild to do with their life.”

Investigators said they shut down an illegal gambling operation known as Hot Spot II at the same location in 2017.

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