Ocala midnight park shooting leaves a teenager hospitalized
MARION COUNTY, Fla.-- Marion County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a teen shot at an Ocala park early Monday morning.
The 17-year-old told detectives he was sitting in his car when the attackers pulled him out and shot him. Neighbors in the area say they’re now on high alert.
The neighbor that called 911 said, “I really didn't know at that point that somebody had been shot, but I kind of figured you know, something not quite right at the park."
This neighbor, who does not want to be identified for fear of retaliation, says he called 911 around 12:45 Monday morning after he heard gunshots coming from across the street at Ralph-Russell Memorial Park.
He says the victim ran across the street and began banging on his front door screaming for help, but he didn't open the door because he feared the shooters were still nearby.
The 911 caller said, "I could see the person at my door and he kept trying to get in and I told him get away from my door and that I had a weapon. He got away from my door and went into the middle of the street. He then went to another neighbor’s house and tried the same thing and he got the same response again. He then just waited in the street until paramedics and cops showed up."
Sheriff's Deputies say the 17-year-old was sitting in his car when suspects ran up to the driver's side door, pulled the teen out of the car -and shot him before running away.
MCSO isn't releasing details on how many times the teen was shot or why he was at the park after midnight.
The teen was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to recover
Edward Madison, who uses the park during the week says the Marion County Commission needs to establish a curfew for people under the age of 21 to help stop incidents like this one.
Edward Madison said, "I think it wouldn't hurt to have a 10 o' clock curfew. Why do people have to be out here at the park after 10 o' clock you know. And if they are out and the cops stop them; and they have a good reason to be out here fine, but if somebody is out after that time, cops should be stopping them and find out why are they out here."
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