On June 17, 2014 at approximately 10:35 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to a call of a Japorche Cartisha Pace,16 yrs old, being shot. The shooting took place in the intersection of Second Street and Neville Avenue. Pace stated that she was talking with her friends in the intersection when a white Dodge Avenger drove by traveling east on Second Street. Pace continued talking with her friends as the vehicle drove by and then she heard five or six gunshots. Pace stated she immediately felt pain emitting from her right leg and she ran to a nearby family members residence and notified the police department.
During this same time frame, the Lakeland Police Department received two additional calls of gunshot victims that had just arrived at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC). A police officer working an off-duty detail at LRMC was able to get a description of the suspect’s vehicle from a witness who drove one of the victims to LRMC. That description is different from what the victims observed and this was broadcast over the police radio. The description was that of a gray or silver in color, four door Mitsubishi Gallant with dark tinted windows occupied by four to five black males.
While en route to the hospital, a police sergeant observed a vehicle matching this description and he attempted to stop the vehicle which fled. The vehicle was able to elude the sergeant after he turned his headlights out.
Dayrontay Shaw, 19 yrs of age, stated he was also at the intersection of Second Street and Neville Avenue and saw a white Dodge Avenger stopped at the stop sign. Shaw then heard five or six gun shots a realized he had been shot in the left leg. Shaw ran to a nearby friend’s house and that friend transported him to LRMC.
Samuel Allen, 21 yrs of age, was at the same intersection when he heard the gun shots and was hit in the left leg and right buttock. Allen did not observe any vehicle and he ran to a nearby neighbor’s house that transported him to LRMC. Allen has been discharged from LRMC.
Detectives were called out to investigate the shooting and at this time, it’s possible that there may have been two vehicles involved. At approximately 11:30 p.m., a white Dodge Avenger was stopped on 5th Street and Martin Luther King Blvd with four occupants. The occupants were questioned and released pending further investigation. No other details are being released in reference to this vehicle.
This investigation is still ongoing and there are no other details to release at this time. The condition of Pace and Shaw is unknown at this time.