An unprovoked 18-yr-previous needed on a narcotics warrant opened hearth on a uniformed U.S. Customs and Border Safety agent as he was strolling out of an Oakleaf Publix earlier than killing himself Tuesday afternoon, in line with the Clay County Sheriff’s Workplace.
The agent was shot a number of occasions within the again because the shooter was driving by, Chief Wayne McKinney stated. He was present process surgical procedure and anticipated to get well.
It occurred shortly after three p.m. on the crowded Publix at Oakleaf Commons at 1075 Oakleaf Plantation Parkway with upward of 30 witnesses, McKinney stated. The 2 had no prior contact, however it seems the agent was focused.
Authorities cordoned off the parking zone as Publix staff and clients waited to be interviewed. The Sheriff’s Workplace put a blue tarpaulin over a automotive in the midst of the parking zone subsequent a short lived shelter. The suspect had crashed after the capturing.
An immigration company helicopter landed and took on somebody after which circled the world.
Katie Sexton stated she was taking a break outdoors the Alliance and Associates workplace subsequent to the Publix parking zone when she heard three photographs and a automotive velocity away after which crash.
“We noticed everyone run out of the shop, so we knew one thing needed to have been occurring. Another person heard the one that received shot screaming assist assist,” she stated. “Two or three minutes later, the cops have been pulling in.”
“He was strolling out together with his grocery luggage, and what we heard however we don’t realize it’s true, that the man thought he was following him and so he obtained paranoid and unloaded on him, I assume,” Sexton stated.
Avianca Manning additionally works at Alliance. She stated she had simply gotten out of a gathering and was heading outdoors to go to lunch slightly after three p.m. when she heard the photographs.
“It seemed like development. We have been confused, after which we heard screams and cries for assist, then we noticed Publix baggers and cashiers and everyone operating towards one thing,” she stated.
Manning additionally noticed a small sports activities automotive, believed to be that of the gunman fleeing, speed up by way of the middle of the Publix parking zone, then crash.
“Perhaps a shot hit the tire and triggered him to spin out,” she stated. “… I grew up right here within the Oakleaf subdivision and it’s up and coming, and I work proper across the nook, so we’ve by no means would have thought something like this might have occurred.”
McKinney stated the agent by no means fired a shot. No names have been…