Osceola deputies continue to search for suspect in shooting outside Celebration Publix

Osceola County deputies are still searching for the person who shot a teenager in a Celebration Publix parking lot on Wednesday afternoon.


According to Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez, deputies responded to calls of a person shot in the back multiple times outside the Publix on Blake Boulevard around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Lopez said a 17-year-old male suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He said the teen knew the person who shot him, but would not reveal his identity to investigators and that the two had a history prior to their altercation in the parking lot.

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Thursday morning, investigators were still looking for the suspect based on a vehicle description and license plate number given by witnesses.

Lopez said a couple of other cars were hit by gunfire, but no one was inside the cars at the time of the shooting, and no one else was injured.

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A Publix spokeswoman provided Channel 9 with the following statement about the shooting:

“The safety of our customers and associates remains the priority for us. Our store is currently closed, and this situation is an ongoing investigation.”

WFTV Channel 9 has reached out to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office this morning for an update on the identification of the suspect and if deputies have made an arrest.

Watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News for live updates on this developing story this morning.

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