Lake City shooting suspect dies in ATV accident

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A Lake City shooting suspect died when he failed to negotiate a curve on his ATV and collided with a concrete block Friday morning.

According to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) release, deputies responded at 2:40 a.m. to the report of gunfire inside a residence at SW Richards Drive in Lake City where they found a male victim who was grazed by a bullet and did not require medical attention. Both the victim and a witness provided law enforcement with a possible suspect’s name and description of the ATV he was allegedly driving.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) release, a 40-year-old Lake City man was traveling south on SW Mount Carmel Avenue south of SW Pinemount Road at 3:15 a.m. when he missed a left turn, went off the roadway and collided with a concrete block. The man was thrown from the vehicle and he and the ATV overturned multiple times and he was declared dead at the scene.

Both the FHP and CCSO are working together to determine if the two incidents are related.  

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Editor’s note: This story was updated with information from a CCSO press release regarding the shooting.

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