‘Cold and calculated:’ 1 dead, 1 hurt in Sanford shooting

Isaiah Diaz, 18, died after he was shot multiple times, police say

SANFORD, Fla. – A man is dead and another person is hurt after several people opened fire on a vehicle parked at a Sanford apartment complex, according to police.

Officers said they were called to Hatteras Sound Apartments, 13000 Island Bay Circle, on Sunday for reports of a shooting.

Police said they immediately spotted a vehicle damaged by gunfire with a man dead inside who was later identified as 18-year-old Isaiah Diaz.

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Investigators said Diaz had been hit by multiple bullets. Officers said they were able to find two other victims of the shooting, one who was hit by the gunfire but survived and another who was not hurt. The injured victim was taken to the hospital. Police have not said how badly they were hurt.

Investigators said witnesses told them that multiple people had approached the vehicle and opened fire on the three victims inside. The uninjured victim has provided “limited information” on the shooting, according to a news release.

“Looking at the aftermath of this incident, it is clear that this was a cold and calculated assault on these young men’s lives,” Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith said. “The fact that anyone in that vehicle survived is miraculous. This is something that cannot and will not be tolerated in our community. If you know something, come forward and show that Sanford stands united against this type of senseless violence.”

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Sanford police at 407-688-5070 or call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.