Community Information Specialist
TWO KILLED, ONE INJURED AFTER APPARENT DISPUTE OVER VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Two people were killed and one injured after an apparent dispute Saturday night over a vehicle accident.
Officers responded at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to reports of shots fired in the 800 block of Valleydale Avenue. When they arrived they found three people with gunshot wounds.
Clayton V. Lowery, 27, of Lake Helen, was pronounced dead at the scene. Victor Small, 41, and Sam Parker III, 28, were both shot and transported to Florida Hospital DeLand. Small later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Parker suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg and is expected to be OK.
After talking to witnesses, detectives so far have been able to determine that Lowery’s Buick Regal was struck by another vehicle. Lowery got into an argument and gunfire was exchanged. Lowery was killed and Small, who was standing in a yard nearby, was struck in the crossfire.
In the vicinity, a large block party was occurring when the gunfire erupted. Parker was attending the party and was also caught in the crossfire. Many other attendees fled the scene and detectives are working to track down many of those witnesses.
Detectives have suspects and are following up on several leads.
The DeLand Police Department is asking anyone with information on the shooting or anyone who was a part of the party to contact the DeLand Police Department at 386-626-7421.
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