Sheriff Threatens To Hunt Down Shooting Suspect

( — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect who opened fire outside of an Ocala nightclub last Sunday, injuring two people, including a sheriff’s deputy, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

At around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were outside Time Nightclub assisting in the club’s closure when shots were fired. Two men, later identified as Ricard Brown and Deputy Kenneth Warner, were shot.

Warner and Brown were taken to a nearby hospital, suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy Warner was shot in both legs and had surgery that night. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said in a news conference that he saw Warner after his surgery, and the deputy was in “good spirits” and was “ready to get back to work.”

Currently, no suspect in the shooting has been identified.

In a video message from Sheriff Woods posted on Facebook Sunday, the sheriff urged the public to help in finding the shooter, noting that there were about a hundred people in the parking lot outside Time Nightclub at the time of the shooting and someone must have seen or heard something. He urged anyone with information “to have the courage to come forward.”

In his video message, Sheriff Woods also spoke directly to the suspect, saying he would use “every resource” at his disposal to find the suspect and that his entire investigation team would “figure out who you are.”

Sheriff Woods told the shooter, “I will find out who you are, and I will hunt you down” and “bring you to justice.”

Those with information about last Sunday’s shooting should call 352-732-9111. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP.

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