Mulberry shooting suspect considered armed, dangerous

Mulberry shooting suspect Danny Coleman Thompson, Jr. is considered armed & dangerous.
Mulberry shooting suspect Danny Coleman Thompson, Jr. is considered armed & dangerous.

MULBERRY, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 39-year-old Danny Coleman Thompson, Jr. who is believed to be armed with a handgun and is considered dangerous.

Thompson is wanted in connection to a shooting investigation underway at MES-GCI Construction, located at 2360 Old Highway 60, Mulberry. Investigators say Thompson arrived at the business at 2:22 p.m. Thursday, July 30 and began firing at employees of the business.

Danny Coleman Thompson, Jr. is considered armed & dangerous.
Danny Coleman Thompson, Jr. is considered armed & dangerous.

Two victims were injured and transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center with what is described as non-life-threatening injuries. One other victim was uninjured during the incident.

PHOTOS: 2 Injured in Mulberry Shooting

Thompson is described as being a white male, approximately 6’2″. He has brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a cap, T-shirt and blue jeans. His last known address is 6242 Springwoods Lane in Lakeland.

He is believed to be driving a 2006 Ford 150 Super Crew Cab with Florida Tag 212-6PD

Crime scene of Mulberry shooting.
Crime scene of Mulberry shooting.

Thompson is currently wanted for three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder and one count of Armed Burglary.

Thompson’s friend Jonathan Mercer said the suspect has battled drug addiction but he was shocked by the news. “He’s been in and out of rehab, trying to get his life right, and several jobs he’s probably been through,” Mercer said. “I would’ve never thought in a million years that that man would’ve done something like that.”

Mercer said Thompson has three children. He hopes the authorities catch him. “I hope he [doesn’t] do something stupid. I hope he turns himself in, he gets in there and turns his life around,” Mercer said.

Anyone with information about Thompson’s whereabouts is urged to contact the PCSO at 863-298-6200. Stay with WFLA.com for updates about this breaking story.

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