ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – An investigation is ongoing Monday after one person was killed and three others were injured in an Orlando shooting, police said.
A busy Orlando roadway was shut down Friday where a vehicle pursuit came to an end, originating from the scene of a shooting at an apartment complex, according to Orlando police.
The Orlando Police Department responded at 2:34 p.m. to a shooting at Jernigan Gardens Apartments in the 1400 block of Mercy Drive.
Officers obtained a description of a vehicle that left the scene and soon located it, authorities said. A vehicle pursuit was authorized, ending at Old Winter Garden Road and Duncan Place, according to police. Three people inside of the vehicle were detained, one of whom had suffered a gunshot wound and was hospitalized in critical condition.
Around 9 p.m., police told News 6 that one person had died as a result of the shooting, identifying the victim Saturday morning as 22-year-old Macayla Queen Patterson. The other gunshot victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Delray Shundale Duncan, Jr., 23, was arrested in connection with the shooting on charges of attempted homicide and first-degree felony murder, police said.
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Family and coworkers told News 6 that Patterson was a hairstylist and mother of two boys, both of whom had bright futures. Her coworkers at Envy Hair Designs in Orlando said that Patterson went by the name of “Ruby” and worked as a hairstylist for the past eight months.
They also said that people have been dropping off flowers to pay their respects, adding that Patterson wanted to be a celebrity hairstylist and strengthen her faith.
“We spoke on her spiritual journey. She said she wanted to have a better relationship with God,” Vanessa Davis said. “She was making strides to better herself as a whole, better herself personally, as a mother, as a stylist.”
“She’s going to be missed because she just has that great bubbly personality, and you always knew when she was here,” Envy Hair Designs Owner Latoya Sanders said.
Flowers and candles now mark the spot where police said Patterson was shot Friday.
Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill said that the city has been working to bring positive change about in that area.
“This is an unfortunate incident, and it’s sad that it couldn’t have been de-escalated and people couldn’t have walked away alive...” Hill said. “More policing, which we’re doing, community engagement and focus on services for youth and young adults in that community, along with their parents.”
Orlando police said the investigation is nowhere near complete. Meanwhile, Patterson’s family is asking for privacy.
Anyone with information was urged to contact the police department’s Homicide Unit, or Crimeline at 800-423-8477 to remain anonymous.
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