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Updating Breaking News: Apopka police arrest 16-year-old shooting suspect

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According to the website gunviolencearchive.org, there has been 28,507 injuries related to gun violence in the United States in 2022. On Friday, Apopka experienced gun violence of its own,

The Apopka Police Department arrested a 16-year-old male and charged him with attempted homicide during commission of a felony, robbery with a firearm, aggravated battery with a firearm, and grand theft of a firearm.

According to reports, officers from the APD responded to a shooting at approximately 1pm on Friday near the Plymouth Rock Place and West Summit Street intersection where one victim was found with non-life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound.

Because it was a short distance from Apopka High School, the APD placed it on lockdown, bringing everybody inside until being given an all clear. The campus was locked down until approximately 2:40 p.m. according to the APD.

According to the victim, a male, armed with a handgun, demanded her purse and car keys. Despite complying, the suspect shot her, and then fled the scene in a van.

After the robbery and shooting, the woman provided a description of the van to the APD, who located the vehicle at a residence and made contact with its residents. The APD found  evidence related to the robbery inside the house. They also found a stolen firearm inside the house.

Editor's Note: It is The Apopka Voice's policy not to identify a suspect under the age of 18.

Apopka, Apopka Police Department, Shooting, Arrest, Gun Violence, Armed Robbery

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  • MamaMia

    That day we drove up Maine St. and saw the first responders everywhere around Summit near the apartments. We didn't know what was going on, just happened to be going that way, but thought it was maybe a bad fender bender. Later, I was very upset to learn it was an armed robbery, where the victim was shot. Our neighborhood has had some problems, in the past, where police were called, but nothing as serious as this, to my knowledge. I feel things are only going to get worse. Sometimes, I really wonder if we should move away from here, but I wouldn't know where to go, that is safe. Is there such a place nowadays? I have been concerned lately with all the schools shootings going on, and in some cases, the shooters run out into the nearby neighborhoods.....the world is so different now, from when we were growing up. I feel sorry for the students who do try to learn in this chaotic culture of gun violence happening everywhere.

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