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11 people hurt in mass shooting in Florida: Police


(LAKELAND, Fla.) — A mass shooting in Lakeland, Florida on Monday has left 11 people wounded, the Lakeland Police Department announced.

According to police, two victims are critically injured and nine face non-life-threatening injuries.

“One is in surgery and the other is either in surgery or headed to surgery,” Lakeland Police Chief Sam Taylor said Monday of the two victims in critical condition.

No suspects have been publicly identified and no one is in custody, however “we have people we are very interested in,” Taylor said at a Tuesday morning press conference.

Police believe they have found the blue Nissan Altima the suspects were in when they began firing, Taylor said Tuesday.

Taylor said they are “pretty confident” there are at least four suspects and at least two of them were firing from the vehicle.

Police responded to calls of a shooting at a location near Iowa Avenue North and Plum Street at 3:43 p.m.

All the victims were adult men between 20 and 35 years old, according to Taylor.

Police said the shooting wasn’t random and the victims were targeted.

“We don’t believe there’s any reason that the public would need to be concerned right now,” Taylor said. “We think that the individuals in the car shot at and shot who they wanted to shoot.”

Authorities added that they located marijuana at the scene, hinting that marijuana was being sold at the time of the incident, but there is no information on whether the suspected sale of marijuana and the shooting are linked.

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