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Ocala police identify victim in fatal shooting at Burger King, suspect still at large

Ocala police have released the name of the man who was fatally shot outside a local Burger King on Friday evening.

According to the Ocala Police Department, the victim in this case has been identified as 28-year-old Jose Valliant of Belleview.

On Friday, November 3, OPD officers responded to the Burger King located at 2301 E Silver Springs Boulevard in reference to a shooting incident.

Burger King located at 2301 E Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala (Google)
The fatal shooting occurred outside the Burger King located at 2301 E Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala (Photo: Google)

According to OPD, officers learned that the victim, Valliant, was shot during an altercation that occurred in the fast-food restaurant’s parking lot. The victim then got inside an individual’s vehicle and was taken to HCA Florida Maricamp Emergency, where he was pronounced deceased.

In a social media post on Tuesday, November 7, OPD stated that two individuals from Ocala have been arrested for tampering with evidence in connection with the fatal shooting: 29-year-old Kevin Latrell Coleman and 33-year-old Tulana Joshua.

Kevin Latrell Coleman (left) and Tulana Joshua (right)
Kevin Latrell Coleman (left) and Tulana Joshua (right)

Coleman is a convicted felon, and he was also arrested on firearm possession charges.

According to jail records, Coleman is currently being held at Marion County Jail without bond, and Joshua is being held on $5,000 bond. They are both scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5.

“Neither of these two individuals are suspects involved in the actual shooting,” stated OPD on its Facebook page.

The unidentified shooting suspect is still at large, according to Ocala police. No further details were released as the investigation is “still ongoing.”

Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to call the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000, and reference the following case number: 202300161521.