Update: Springfield Police Have New Leads in Shooting

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Springfield Police are still trying to piece together the evidence in Sunday afternoon's shooting.

Officers responded to the 500 block of Springfield Avenue where they found Luis Benito Vazquez III, 24, of Springfield with two gun shot wounds.

Vazquez is currently at Bay Medical Sacred Heart recovering from a gunshot wound to the arm and face.

"We ultimately determined the victim had run there on foot from a different location a couple blocks away," Chief Philip Thorne said.

Thorne said Vazquez was shot at a trailer park on Everitt Avenue. Witnesses there told investigators they saw a blue, older model SUV in the area at the time.

"As my investigators began talking with some of the victim's family, we got some leads on some possible associates. We ultimately found the vehicle, found who we believe is going to be the other part in this whole episode," Thorne said.

Investigators believe Vazquez met up with two other men outside the trailer park, but they are unsure what led to shots being fired.

Thorne said investigators have interviewed the two men but need to talk with the victim and obtain cell phone records.

"We feel confident that we've identified the players in the situation, and now it's just a matter of determining what the appropriate outcome is to be for it," Thorne said.

As of Monday night, investigators haven't made any arrests in the shooting.




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Springfield Police are investigating the shooting of a young Springfield man.

At approximately 12:45pm, officers responded to the 500 Block of Springfield Avenue, where they found a 23-year-old man collapsed as the result of gun shot wound.

He was rushed to Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart, where he is being treated, and is in unknown condition, police wrote in a news release.

The investigation has disclosed that the shooting occurred on one of the roadways inside 518 Everitt Av, and following the shooting, the victim ran on foot, collapsing where officers found him, officials wrote.

Investigators are looking for either a blue, older model SUV, possibly a Jeep, or an older model blue Dodge truck occupied by a black male and a second person, possibly a white, or mixed race male.

These individuals are armed and considered dangerous.

Anyone with information on this shooting, are encouraged to call police at 872-7545, or CrimeStoppers at 785-TlPS, where you can remain anonymous.

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