Lakeland Police Department

Two Shot, One Killed In Lakeland

One man is dead, and another one is in critical condition after a shooting that happened on Monday in Lakeland.
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LAKELAND, Fla. – One man is dead, and another one is in critical condition after a shooting that happened on Monday in Lakeland.

Police say on Monday, December 26, 2022, at approximately 5:26 p.m., Lakeland patrol officers responded to the Providence Reserve Apartments, located at Providence Reserve Loop, in reference to a shooting.

Once on scene, officers found two adult males with gunshot wounds near the outdoor courtyard. Officers immediately began securing the location and rendering aid until emergency medical responders from Lakeland Fire Department and Polk County Fire Rescue arrived.

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Both victims were transported to Lakeland Regional Health with critical injuries. 

Detectives responded to the scene and began processing evidence and interviewing potential witnesses. According to witnesses, fights had broken out in the courtyard area just prior to the shooting.

After the shooting occurred, the male suspect fled the scene in a vehicle. Based on information gathered at the scene, detectives have identified a suspect and are currently working to bring him into custody.

At last update, one of the victims, a 38-year-old male, had succumbed to his injuries. The second victim, a 25-year-old male, remained hospitalized. 

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All information contained in this release is preliminary as this remains an open and active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Troy Smith at 863.834.8958 or

Or if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida:

· Call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477)

· From your cell phone, dial **TIPS

· Or visit the website and click on “Submit A Tip,”

· Or download the free “P3tips” app on your smartphone or tablet.

Tipsters will always remain anonymous when sending a tip through Crime Stoppers and could be eligible for a cash reward if the information leads to an arrest.

The victims’ names are being withheld per Marsy’s Law.

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