Man arrested after two shot during ‘Stop the Violence’ event

Posted by on May 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office said it has arrested a suspect in the shooting that left an adult and child injured on Saturday.

The victims, one being only 5 years old, were attending a ‘Stop the Violence’ community event at Aline McWhite Park when they were hit by gunfire around 5:30 p.m.

Deputies said it was a group of men near the park who began firing shots for unknown reasons. People attending the event at the park ran from the gunfire, but the child and a 20-year-old woman were shot.

Both victims were taken to Florida Hospital Heartland with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials said the 5-year-old boy has been released from the hospital, but the woman is still hospitalized.

On Sunday, investigators said they had arrested 22-year-old Jaquarius Watson in connection with the shooting.

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