DeLand police investigating shooting

A closeup of a hole left by one of the bullets in one of the home’s windows. 

A closeup of a hole left by one of the bullets in one of the home’s windows. 

A home in the 700 block of Wright Court in DeLand, in a neighborhood off of West Euclid Avenue, where an unknown gunman shot at least 17 rounds into the home early on Feb. 13, injuring a 16-year-old boy inside. 

The home in the 700 block of Wright Court in DeLand, in a neighborhood off of West Euclid Avenue, where an unknown gunman shot at least 17 rounds into the home early on Feb. 13, injuring a 16-year-old boy inside. 

DeLand police are investigating a shooting early Feb. 13 that landed a 16-year-old victim in the hospital.

Officers were dispatched to a home in the 700 block of Wright Court shortly after 3:15 a.m. Tuesday when an unknown suspect shot at least 17 rounds into the home. 

A 16-year-old boy in the home suffered a gunshot wound to each leg. The teen’s parents were also home, but were unharmed.

The victim was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he was in stable condition later that morning. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to a city spokesman. 

DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger appealed to the public for any information on the shooting during a press conference that afternoon.  

“It’s obviously very concerning to us those kind of rounds were fired in a residential neighborhood,” said Umberger. “I can also tell you that it appears that they were rifle rounds, so … more of a high-powered weapon, which certainly could cause collateral damage to others.”

The chief explained that it appeared the 16-year-old victim was specifically targeted, but he said investigators were trying to figure out why he was a target.

“That would be a little bit of speculation on my part, but it just seems to be that most of the rounds were centered on that area of the house where that individual was sleeping,” he said. 

The DeLand Police Department has “had some contact with that juvenile in the past,” he added.

The incident was initially reported to the press as a drive-by shooting, but Umberger said it was possible the assailant or assailants were on foot. 

“It’s pretty fortunate, with the amount of rounds that were fired into that house, that his injuries were what they were. It could have been much worse,” said Umberger. “Now, obviously, there were other people in the house as well, and they were not hit, so we were very fortunate there.”

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the DeLand Police Department at 386-626-7400, or anonymous tips can be made on the DeLand PD website, www.delandpd.com. 

— Anthony DeFeo, anthony@beacononlinenews.com
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