A shooting in Cantonment, Florida, on Sunday night has left a woman with serious injuries, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. on Sheppard Street and involved shots being fired at a Nissan Altima parked in a driveway.
Sheriff Chip Simmons stated that the shooting appears to be targeted, with the adult male driver of the car believed to be the intended victim, not the female passenger who sustained the gunshot wounds. In a concerning turn of events, a one-year-old toddler was also present in the car during the shooting but fortunately did not suffer any injuries.
The authorities have not released details about the number of suspects they are seeking. However, Sheriff Simmons indicated that the incident might be connected to another shooting earlier this year, also reported by WEAR News. That previous incident, a drive-by shooting on Sheppard Street, bore similarities to Sunday’s event, raising the possibility of retaliation.
In the aftermath of the shooting, the victims reportedly attempted to chase the assailant before calling 911 to report the woman’s injuries. Sheriff Simmons emphasized the severity of the crime, saying, “In my mind this is Attempted Murder, and we’re gonna treat it as such.”
The Sheriff’s Office does not currently classify the area as a particular concern, despite the two shootings within eight months. Sheriff Simmons noted that both incidents might be linked and part of a pattern involving targeted individuals and potential retaliation.
As the investigation continues, the Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking information and urges anyone with knowledge about the incident to come forward. They are working to establish a motive and are calling on community members to contact the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office or Crimestoppers with any relevant information.