On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, shortly after 2:00 a.m., uniform patrol officers responded to the 1000 block of West 11th Street in reference to a shots fired call. On scene, officers located an 18-year-old male victim inside a residence with gunshot wounds. Officers immediately began securing the location and rendering aid until emergency medical responders from Lakeland Fire Department and Polk County Fire Rescue arrived. The victim was transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries later in the morning.
Detectives responded to the scene and conducted interviews with the reportees and those identified as being inside the home when the shooting occurred.
Detectives are continuing to follow up on leads as this is still very early in the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Troy Smith at 863.834.8973 or [email protected]
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 www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com 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 name of the victim is being withheld in accordance with Marsy’s Law.