Suspect in Lakeland fatal drive-by shooting turned himself in

Derrick Deon Robinson. Images courtesy LPD
Derrick Deon Robinson. Images courtesy LPD

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Lakeland Police identified the suspect in the drive-by shooting that left one woman dead, another at a hospital with gunshot wounds after several fights near a nightclub ended with a shooting in Lakeland early Saturday morning.

The suspect turned himself in Saturday evening.

It happened near Rumors Nightclub located at 935 East Memorial Boulevard. Around 2 a.m. Lakeland Police were called to help clear the parking lot after several fights broke out there. The officers assisted and there was no fighting going on at that time. Witnesses interviewed by the detectives stated that there had been an altercation at the club earlier between two opposing groups. The altercation was broken up by Rumors security guards and both groups disbursed without further incident.

A little later, LPD officers were dispatched to a shooting at a Chevron gas station located at 1615 West Memorial Boulevard. A large crowd gathered at the gas station. Witnesses told the detectives that one of the groups went to hang out there after leaving the club.

Three members of the opposing group arrived at the gas station. One of them was later identified as Derrick Deon Robinson. He was armed with a handgun. According to LPD, Robinson pointed a handgun at the group and began firing multiple rounds at the group, hitting two women who were standing with the members of the opposing group. 

The officers found the first victim, Andrea Lorraine Dixon, 39, with a gunshot wound. Paramedics took the first victim, Andrea Lorraine Dixon, 39, to a hospital. She was later pronounced dead.

Some time later, LPD received a call from the hospital saying that there was another woman with gunshot wounds who had been dropped off there earlier. It was Johnetha R Ragins, 34. She had a gunshot wound to her hip and forearm. She was the second woman shot in the gas station parking lot.

Detectives have an arrest affidavit for Robinson, 25, on the charges of First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Robinson turned himself in around 6 p.m Saturday. He was taken to the Polk County jail.

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