Lake City shootings injure 5

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Three separate Lake City shootings injured five people on Friday and Sunday.

According to two Lake City Police Department (LCPD) press releases, officers responded to the Stop-N-Go at 801 NW Lake Jeffrey Rd. at 5:40 p.m. on Friday to the report of gunfire.

When they arrived, officers found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Emergency responders transported the victim to a local hospital.

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Officers reviewed a nearby businesses’’ video surveillance that captured the incident. An officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle traveling east on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Street. The driver failed to stop and continued south onto NE Coldwater Avenue.

Pursuing officers witnessed a passenger toss a firearm out of the vehicle, which they located and collected. The vehicle then stopped on NE Coldwater Avenue at the railroad tracks and both the driver and passenger fled the vehicle on foot.

Ike Vanquez Henderson
Courtesy of Lake City Police Department Ike Vanquez Henderson

A perimeter was established with assistance from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and the Department of Corrections’ K-9 team, but law enforcement personnel were unsuccessful in finding the suspects.

On Saturday, the driver — Ike Vanquez Henderson, 28 – turned himself into officers. Henderson was arrested on charges of attempting fire-degree murder, fleeing eluding law enforcement and tampering with evidence. He was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center.

On Sunday, LCPD officers responded to two separate shooting incidents.

LCPD officers were dispatched at 11:05 a.m. to NW Alma Avenue to the report of gunshots. Prior to arriving, officers were advised that multiple people were shot. LCPD officers and CCSO deputies spoke with four male victims – one suffered a wound to the shoulder, one had a wound to the neck, one had a wound in the leg and another had a wound to the stomach.

Emergency responders treated the victims and they were transported to local hospitals. Later, three of the men were transferred to an area trauma unit.

Law enforcement personnel – including Florida Highway Patrol troopers – searched the area for evidence, possible witnesses and surveillance cameras.

At 12:21 p.m., LCPD officers responded to another shooting incident on SE Avalon Avenue where the reporting person, along with witnesses at the scene, provided a description of the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle matched the description from the earlier shooting incident on NE Alma Avenue.

No one was reportedly injured in the second Sunday shooting.

LCPD’s Criminal Investigation Division personnel, which help from the CCSO Crime Scene technicians, processed and investigated both Sunday crime scenes.

LCPD asks anyone who has information regarding these incidents to call 386-752-4343.

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