Teenager Shot In Drive-By At Eustis Park

EUSTIS, Florida—A 17-year-old male was rushed to the hospital after getting shot in the face at Sunset Island Park Saturday, according to Eustis Police Department.  

Multiple people were at the park when an unknown vehicle drove by and fired off shots shortly before 6 p.m. at the park, located at 409 West Ward Avenue. The park features a basketball court, playground equipment, grills picnic tables and a skate park.

“It looks like they were having some kind of party,” EPD Chief Craig Capri said.

The teen, whose name has not been released, was out of surgery and in stable condition at press time, Capri told Inside Lake. He was rushed to the hospital by partygoers before EPD arrived and detectives have not interviewed him yet. Inside Lake was on scene and spotted a young woman carrying a gift bag and a grocery bag in the windy, bitter cold about a block from the area cordoned off by crime scene tape.

PHOTO: City of Eustis

“I have zero tolerance for gun violence,” Capri said Saturday night. “Anytime there is a shooting in the city, it’s all hands on deck, detectives and officers.”

Multiple marked and unamrked units were at the scene and Capri said they collected “really good physical evidence.”

The investigation is still in the early stages and Capri is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call EPD at 352-357-4121.

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