Another Teenager Arrested For Another Shooting at Leesburg’s Berry Park, Police Still Searching For Possible Suspect

LEESBURG, Florida—A 17-year-old boy is facing charges after police say he opened fire at a busy park earlier this month.

Theodore L. McNealy Jr. was arrested Sunday after he was identified by several witnesses following a shooting at Berry Park less than two weeks ago.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a group of black males on foot approached a group of black males in a red Chevy Impala at the entrance to Berry Park, 2121 Johns Avenue, Leesburg shortly before 4 p.m. Jan. 8. The group on foot brandished pistols and began firing at the car, the affidavit states.

PHOTO: Leesburg Recreation Department

The males in the vehicle returned fire and numerous gunshots were exchanged. There were several families in the park and a local organization was holding a fundraiser at the time of the shooting, LPD Lt. Scott Mack said. Witnesses identified McNealy as the person who initiated the gun fight, the affidavit states.

A warrant was issued Jan. 11 and the teenager was arrested Monday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a minor.

This is the second teenager arrested for a shooting at the popular park in less than two months. Zamarion Z. Johnson, 17, was arrested in December for 34 felonies stemming from a shooting at the park on Nov. 28. In that incident, a physical altercation turned to gunfire and Johnson stands accused of shooting at a vehicle while dozens of people, including children, were at the park.

“The Leesburg Police Department is still actively investigating this (latest) incident and attempting to identify a possible second shooter in the incident,” Mack said. If you have information, call LPD’s Criminal Investigations Division at 352-728-9862 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. 

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