MARION COUNTY, Florida (December 24, 2017)- Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives are currently investigating an early morning shooting in Ocala that left one man dead. At approximately 12:00 a.m., on Sunday, December 24, 2017, MCSO deputies were dispatched to the Queens Garden Resort located at 3330 South Pine Avenue in Ocala in reference to a shooting. When deputies arrived on scene, they found a black male victim lying on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds. Deputies began performing life-saving measures on the victim until paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

MCSO Major Crimes detectives responded and are actively investigating the incident. The identity of the victim will not be released until his next-of-kin have been notified. If you have any information on this incident, you are encouraged to call Detective Billy Burleson at 352-368-3542. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP. Tips can also be submitted at


For Crime Stoppers, please reference 17-146 in your tip.

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