UPDATE: Suspect Arrested After Teen Injured In Shooting At Sav-a-Lot Plaza In Cocoa
By Space Coast Daily // June 23, 2017
shooting incident occurred around 1 p.m.
**UPDATE**BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police have made an arrest in a shooting incident that left a 16-year-old injured at the Sav-a-Lot Plaza In Cocoa on Thursday.
Police have arrested 19-year-old Michael Lloyd Cooper.
The 16-year-old male victim was airlifted to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his lower back area.
The victim was accompanied with a 18-year-old male when they were leaving the Barber Shop at the Plaza.
As they were pulling out of a parking space, a suspect fired shots into the vehicle from outside the rear passenger side of the car wounding the 16-year-old, who was in the front passenger seat and the suspect fled the area.
Police say a short time later a second shooting was reported in the Rockledge area of U.S. 1 and Florida Ave. There were no injuries reported in the shooting.
However, Rockledge police officers were able to detain a possible suspect and Cocoa detectives brought the 18-year-old victim/witness from the Sav-A-Lot shooting to confirm if he was the person who shot at him and his friend.
The victim was able to positively identify the suspect who was later identified as Michael Cooper, according to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department.
Cocoa Police Detectives are working with Rockledge Police to determine any links between the two shootings.
The investigation has so far revealed the shooting was not a random act and the people involved knew each other.
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BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division are currently investigating a shooting that injured a 16-year-old male Thursday afternoon, according to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department.
Authorities say the victim was talking and alert when medics arrived.
The victim was flown to a local trauma center for treatment of his wounds.
“At 1:08 p.m. emergency dispatchers began receiving multiple 9-1-1 calls from witnesses reporting a shooting at the Sav-a-Lot Plaza located on 1208 Dixon Blvd. When first responders arrived they located the 16-year-old male victim in a vehicle with an 18-year-old male driver,” said Martinez.
“The male driver was not injured, and according to initial witness statements, the two teenagers were at the Barber Shop at the plaza. As the two were inside the vehicle, the driver turned his head to the rear as he put the vehicle in reverse.
At that time he says he saw a light skinned black male shoot into the vehicle from outside the rear passenger side.
The 16-year old male in the passenger seat was struck. They immediately attempted to get help by asking nearby witnesses to call 9-1-1. The suspect fled the area and was not located.”
Police are not releasing the identities of the victims at this time in order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.
Detectives are currently interviewing the victim-witness and attempting to locate and interview other witnesses.
The victim’s vehicle has been towed and is being kept for crime scene technicians to process for evidence.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Central Florida Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
Crimeline callers can remain anonymous and can be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 in this case.
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ABOVE MAP: At 1:08 p.m. emergency dispatchers began receiving multiple 9-1-1 calls from witnesses reporting a shooting at the Sav-a-Lot Plaza located on 1208 Dixon Blvd.