Two people were shot while attending a “Stop the Violence” community event Saturday in Avon Park, Florida. One of the victims was only 5 years old.
The peaceful gathering was interrupted by gunfire at around 5:30 p.m., WTVT-TV reported. Police said a group of men near the park began firing shots for no apparent reason.
1 arrested, more arrests possible after shooting at Stop the Violence rally in Avon Park over the weekend. https://t.co/07zrk3OMvV— Aaron Mesmer FOX 13 (@Aaron Mesmer FOX 13)1463417563.0
According to WTVT, those attending the event at Aline McWhite Park ran from the gunfire, but bullets struck the 5-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman.
Both victims were sent to Florida Hospital Heartland with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials announced that the 5-year-old boy was released from the hospital, but as of Sunday, the woman was still hospitalized.
Highlands County Sheriff's Office told WTVT on Sunday that a suspect was in custody in connection with the shooting.
#Highlands Sheriff arrests 22 Y/O Jaquarius Watson in relation to shooting yesterday in #AvonPark. @FOX13News https://t.co/OJDDVQPQ8w— Lucas Bogg (@Lucas Bogg)1463353319.0
Investigators confirmed that 22-year-old Jaquarius Watson was charged with aggravated battery, firing a weapon in public, firing a weapon into a vehicle, property damage less than $200 and aggravated battery on a child.
WTVT's Aaron Mesmer reported Monday that more than 40 shots were fired at Saturday's rally, citing an decades-long "ongoing feud" between two groups as the cause.
Highlands County Sheriff's Office said more arrests are expected.