Innocent woman hit by crossfire in Orlando downtown shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. – An innocent bystander was struck by a bullet early Wednesday morning during a drive-by shootout in downtown Orlando, police said.

The woman was shot around 1:30 a.m. near Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard.

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Police say there was a fight in the center that led to the gunshot.

“Within a minute or two of the fight spreading, those involved got into their vehicles and started chasing each other before it turned into a gunfight,” Orlando Police Department Lieutenant Frank Chisari said.

According to police, witnesses said people in two vehicles shot at each other when the woman, who was not involved in the altercation, was hit.

Orlando police said officers found the 40-year-old woman, who had been shot in the leg, on Central Boulevard and Court Avenue shortly after the gunfire started. The woman was taken to hospital in stable condition and is expected to be doing well, police said.

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“The most important thing for us – for the help of the public – is that we know that there were a lot of people in the city, around this battle, on the scene, who we think people know the people who were involved,” Chisari said. . “We hope (witnesses) recognize how dangerous it is to make that kind of rash decision and fire a gun in a populated area and now you have an innocent victim sitting at a table enjoying a night with a gunshot wound. And luckily she will survive, but it is a horrible, horrible tragedy.”

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No arrests have been made. Police have not released any information about the two vehicles yet.

A man who works in the center said things have to change.

“Everyone comes to the center to have fun, but it gets to a point where we either have to step up security or do something,” Isaac Perez said. “(It makes me sad. Makes a lot of people sad.”

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An investigation is underway. Come back for updates.

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