VIDEO: Police Search For Shooting Suspect Comes Up Empty
By Space Coast Daily // April 4, 2015
suspect identified as Vincent Smith, 23
ABOVE VIDEO: A suspect wanted in Volusia County for an overnight aggravated battery involving the shooting of four people was not located in Palm Bay jurisdiction after a search of the area, according to Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay Public Information Coordinator. (Palm Bay police video)
Suspect Wanted In Volusia County For An Overnight Aggravated Battery Involving the Shooting of Four People Not Found In Palm Bay
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – A suspect wanted in Volusia County for an overnight aggravated battery involving the shooting of four people was not located in Palm Bay jurisdiction after a search of the area, according to Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay Public Information Coordinator.
According to Martinez, at 10:08 a.m. a 9-1-1 caller provided information that the suspect, identified as Vincent Smith, 23, was at an apartment on Larche Circle NE in Palm Bay.
Smith is suspected of shooting four Bethune-Cookman University students early Friday at a house party, a few blocks away from the Daytona Beach campus, according to the Daytona police.
Further investigation revealed the suspect was possibly armed and should be considered dangerous.
Responding law enforcement officers, including U.S. Marshals and agents with Brevard County’s GAMEOVER task force attempted to verify the information that was received.
Several attempts to make contact with the suspect believed to be inside the apartment were unsuccessful. That’s when law enforcement officials set up a perimeter and the SWAT team was deployed, along with crisis negotiators.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was also called in and sent a robot inside. It was later determined the suspect was not in the apartment.
Police think Smith is driving an orange 2011 Chevrolet Camaro with Florida tag DGK-D87, or temporary tag BFJ-3044.
“We believe he’s headed down to Miami,” said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.
“That’s where he’s from, that’s where he probably has family and friends that he thinks are going to hide him.”
Anyone with information should contact the Central Florida CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS.
Callers can remain anonymous and can be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 in this case.
BELOW MAP: According to Brevard County investigators, at 10:08 a.m. a 911 caller provided information that the suspect identified as Vincent Smith, 23, was at an apartment on Larche Circle NE in Palm Bay.