ORLANDO, Fla. – A woman was shot and killed Tuesday evening at a shopping plaza near Pine Hills, according to the Orlando Police Department.
Officers responded to 5100 North Lane, east of Pine Hills Road, around 7 p.m. and found Angela Sutton Washington, 60, on the sidewalk with an apparent gunshot wound. Orlando firefighters responded to the scene and attempted to save Washington, but she later died from her injuries, police said.
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The department said they do not believe Washington was the intended target.
A man who lives near the shopping plaza said he knew Washington, whom he calls “auntie,” and believes she was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“She was just an innocent bystander coming to the store and that happened,” he said. “It could’ve been me, it could’ve been anybody. I’m just glad I followed my senses.”
Minister Fernando Washington, the woman’s son, told News 6 that his mother never hesitated to help a friend or be there for her family, adding that he’s determined to get justice for her.
“This has taken on a whole new... I (gained) a whole new perspective about gun violence,” he said. “It frustrated me and upset me, but now it’s taken to a place where I’m angry about it.”
If you witnessed the shooting or have any information that could help officers find the person responsible, you’re asked to call the OPD Homicide Unit or Crimeline at 800-423-8477.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as we receive it.