Ocala boy, 16, shot and killed at Sutton Place Apartments

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Ocala Police Department detectives are investigating the shooting death of a teenager at night at Sutton Place Apartments.

The shooting took place roughly 75 yards away from where another teen was shot and killed several months ago.

Investigators said it was too early to say if the two shootings were related.

In shooting, officers said they received a call about shots fired at 9:25 p.m. at Sutton Place, 523 NE 23rd Circle. Arriving three minutes later, two officers found the injured juvenile, age 16, at the backside of Building 532.

The arriving officers tended to the victim until medical personnel showed up. Medical officials continued treating the boy, who was quickly transported to a local hospital.

Though police officials won’t reveal too much about the shooting, they did say it appears the teenager was by himself at the time the shots were fired. His name has not yet been released.

Evidence technicians placed more than a half a dozen miniature yellow markers that have letters of the alphabet near a stairwell. Yellow crime scene tape was used to rope off the scene.

It’s unknown if the victim lived at the apartment complex.

Sutton Place Apartment is no stranger to gun violence.

In December 2020, 15-year-old Chris “Chevy” Chevelon Jr., a Vanguard High School sophomore and junior varsity football player, was shot at the complex. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

After months of investigation by the police, in June, prosecutors said they could not prove who shot the boy. Lawyers said even if law enforcement officials were able to pinpoint the shooter, it could be considered self-defense.

One person officers wanted to talk to about Chris’ shooting, 18-year-old Kobe Bradshaw, was shot and killed in Ocala Park Estates last month.

Two months later, a woman and her five children inside their apartment were nearly victims of a shooting and attempted home invasion.

The woman told authorities she was in her apartment when she heard noises outside. The occupants remained indoors and called police. When officers got to the apartment, they found several bullet holes.

Anyone with any information about Thursday night’s shooting can call Detective Brandon Sirolli at 369-7183. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 368-7867 or  www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.

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