Saturday, June 22, 2024

FL: Lake Wales Gunfight, Victim Uses Rifle, Survives

According to a Sheriff's Office news release, Vincent Thomas Jr., 21, and at least three other people drove to a home on Northside Drive in Lake Wales about 7 p.m. There, Thomas got out of the car armed with a handgun and confronted Bernard Smith, 20, outside the home, threatening to shoot him.

The Sheriff's Office said Smith and Thomas went to Lake Wales High School together and had a disagreement.

During the argument, Smith armed himself with a rifle and shot at Thomas several times, hitting him at least twice, the Sheriff's Office said. Smith remained at the scene and cooperated with detectives.


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