Manhunt underway for suspects in Altamonte Springs Publix shooting

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. —The Altamonte Springs grocery store where a money carrier was shot in the head Thursday reopened Friday, with a Florida Highway Patrol trooper posted there for half the day, officials said.

Two people — the gunman and the getaway driver — are being sought in connection with the shooting at the Publix off State Road 436 and Palm Springs Drive. The 25-year-old victim is being treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

According to police, the shooter was waiting inside the front doors of the Publix around 3:30 p.m., and the money carrier was struck by gunfire as he was exiting the store.

“I was just looking on the shelf to see what I wanted to get, and I heard the three shots,” said witness Evie Sabo.

Sabo and dozens of other Publix customers ducked for cover as the gunman opened fire.

“Everybody just ran out the back door and we all kind of hid in the bushes out back,” Sabo said.

“Horrible. Absolutely horrible. Sickening,” said witness Susan Buccellato.

Surveillance video from the store showed the gunman sitting in a chair near the front door. He briefly walked away, but when he came back, he raised his gun and fired at the Loomis money carrier.

“(The victim) was alert, conscious and was able to talk to investigators to describe exactly what happened,” said Altamonte Springs Police Lt. Robert Pelton.

At least three others were treated for cardiac issues.

With the money carrier’s armored truck parked in the lot, the gunman jumped into a stolen car with the money bag and took off, police said.

Investigators eventually found the getaway vehicle at the nearby Royal Arms Condominiums, but the driver and the shooter had already fled.

“We have very good images of you. We will identify you. Turn yourself in before anyone else gets hurt,” Pelton said.

A cash reward is being offered to anyone who can help find the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Altamonte Springs police or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

The victim was able to talk to investigators, and at last report, he was in serious but stable condition.

 

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