AUBURNDALE, Fla. - A 16-year-old was shot multiple times near the Miss Auburndale Softball facility Monday night after pulling a gun on another man, according to Auburndale Police.
It happened around 7:30 p.m. off of Robinson Street near Bennett Street.
Auburndale Deputy Chief Andy Ray says this all appears to be a case of self-defense. He said there was an argument at a house at 104 Robinson Street near the softball fields. Christopher Douglas Hines, 26, was at the house helping to pick up a piece of furniture with other people who were in his car. At one point, an argument started with a female in that car.
Neigbors say they heard screaming and cursing, but it seemed like things had calmed down before they heard gunshots.
After some time, Hines started pulling out of the driveway with others in the car when Lajordan Smith, 16, walked up to the car with a gun. When Hines saw the weapon, he shot at Smith multiple times in self defense, according to Auburndale Police.
Deputy Chief Ray says Smith was left in the street with multiple gunshot wounds and it took police more than an hour to find Hines to get a statement from him. After being questioned, he was released as the investigation concluded he acted in self defense.
According to Deputy Chief Ray, Smith is stable at Lakeland Regional Medical Center after undergoing surgery late Monday night.
No word yet if Smith will be charged in the shooting.