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24-year-old man killed in northeast Ocala shooting

Local police are investigating a fatal shooting in northeast Ocala on Sunday night that claimed the life of a 24-year-old man.

According to OPD, officers responded to a shooting incident in the 2800 block of NE 8th Terrace at around 11:25 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.

When officers arrived on scene, they located a man who had sustained a gunshot wound. He was transported to HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The victim has been identified by law enforcement as Derrick Brown, Jr.

In a social media post on Monday morning, the Ocala Police Department stated, “Our hearts go out to the victim’s loved ones during this difficult time.”

No further details were provided by Ocala police regarding the shooting incident or any potential suspect(s).

On social media, friends and family have referred to Brown as “DJ,” tagging a page with the name “John Wall.”

Friends and family shared photos of Derrick Brown, Jr. after his passing on Sunday. (Photo: Facebook)
Friends and family shared photos of Derrick Brown, Jr. after his passing on Sunday. (Photo: Facebook)

Many have shared thoughts and prayers for Brown’s family, including his mother, Tamara Gunsby, and his father, Derrick Brown, Sr. According to one family member, Brown was his father’s only son.

“I’m at a loss for words! My heart is broken in a million pieces!” reads a post from Rashunda Grimsley, Brown’s aunt. “Lord, please be with my sister and give our family strength at this difficult, tragic time!”

If anyone has information about this case that could help with the ongoing investigation, OPD detectives ask that you call 352-369-7000.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted to the Crime Stoppers of Marion County via their website or by calling 352-368-STOP(7867). If you use Crime Stoppers and your tip leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is breaking. Check back in the coming hours for additional updates.