The Ocala Police Department is turning to the public for information regarding a shooting that occurred outside of a local Waffle House on Wednesday morning.
According to the police department, at around 2:20 a.m., officers responded to the Waffle House located at 3871 SW College Road due to reports of a shooting incident.
A 28-year-old victim was shot in the cheek. Bystanders brought the victim to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. All parties involved in the shooting had left the area by the time that the officers arrived on scene.
Prior to the shooting, people were gathered outside of the restaurant, and two groups began to fire multiple rounds at each other, according to OPD. Investigators believe that the victim was caught in the middle of the shooting and was likely not an associate of either group.
No other injuries were reported, and the incident is currently being investigated by OPD detectives.
If anyone has any information on this shooting, please call Detective Kern at 352-369-7000 and reference case number: 202200059260.