LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a triple shooting in Lakeland Monday night that left a man dead.
Deputies responded to the shooting at 2602 Tennessee Road around 7:45 p.m.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said a car made three passes in front of a home and opened fire on the last go-around.
Judd said three men were in the Cadillac.
A paralyzed 17-year-old in a wheelchair was trying to be pushed into the home at the time of the shooting. Someone from inside the home grabbed a shotgun and fired back.
Jake Castillo was killed.
“It’s crazy,” said Moises Lugo, Castillo’s cousin. “It’s unnecessary. And he really shouldn’t have gone that way.”
Judd said Castillo was paralyzed during a drive-by shooting in 2011, where his 19-year-old brother was killed.
“That’s pretty remarkable for all the wrong reasons. To be shot twice, in two gang related shootings, at 11 you’re paralyzed and 17 you’re killed, it’s horrific,” the sheriff said.
The shooter from inside the residence fled and deputies are still looking for him. It doesn’t appear he’ll be charged because he shot back in self-defense.
The driver and passenger were struck by the person firing from the home. Both were taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
A third person in the vehicle was taken into police custody.
Judd said the shooting appeared to be gang related and everyone is known to the investigators.
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