INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – Detectives and crime scene analysts walked through a neighborhood in Gifford and spoke to residents looking for evidence of a reported shooting shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
Nearly a dozen patrol cars, crime scene vans and unmarked detective vehicles had gathered in the 3700-3800 block of 47th Street around 1 p.m.
“There was a shooting,” said Debbie Carson, spokesperson for the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
Carson said by email that a man was shot in the shoulder and taken to Indian River Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic.
A woman described as the man’s girlfriend called 911 and drove him to hospital, according to a statement released by sheriff officials shortly after 3:30 p.m.
Detectives reported that home surveillance cameras captured footage of a man described by law enforcement as the suspected gunman running down the street with a black handgun in his hand.
The woman told MPs she knew the gunman as a former classmate and had “stolen money from him in the past,” according to Carson’s emailed statement.
Law enforcement focused their search on an area of 47th Street near Bread of Heaven Church between 38th and 36th Avenues in a community on 43rd Avenue midway between 45th and 49th Streets.
Pastor Edward Spencer said the church was not involved or affected by the shooting and that no one was in the building when the shooting was reported.
Carson said the shooting appeared to be isolated.
“The victim should live,” she said in the statement.
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