Gifford Middle School, Gifford Alternative School were on lockdown after shootings nearby

Lockdowns have since been lifted

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Two men were each shot in the leg Wednesday morning in the Gifford community, several hours before residents planned to gather to kick off a three-night tent revival in response to gun violence.

Wednesday's shootings happened about 10:30 a.m. in the 4400 block of 34th Court. Jacob Cummings, 20 and Walter Taskie, 26, had arrived in the area separately and each were shot while standing outside, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said.

Taskie went to Indian River Medical Center in a private vehicle. Cummings was brought to a house near the 3800 block of 44th Place where EMS responded and an ambulance took him to the hospital, the sheriff's office said. Both were being treated at IRMC for nonlife threatening injuries. Initial reports placed the shootings at separate locations in Gifford, but that was inaccurate, the sheriff's office said.

According to the sheriff's office, a witness reported that the shooter was returning fire after he had been shot at from the area of the apartment where Cummings and Taskie were standing.

No details on the suspect were available.

The tent revival will be on 45th Street next to Smith's Grocery Store in Gifford. The event, slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, is in response to the shootings that took place two weekends ago. The grocery store was the scene of an Easter evening shooting were several people were injured.

Three schools — Gifford Middle School, Gifford Alternative School and Dodgertown Elementary School — were placed on lockdown for more than an hour as the investigation took place.\

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Steve Stoll at 772-978-6119 or 772-978-6124 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477 or

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