Indian River County double shooting sends brother, sister to hospital

Posted at 4:34 AM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 11:56:14-05

Deputies in Indian River County responded to a double shooting late Tuesday night in Gifford that sent a brother and sister to the hospital.

The two suspected gunmen remain on the loose.

The sheriff’s office responded to the shooting at about 9:30 p.m. in 4400 block of 28th Ave. and found the victims with gunshot wounds.


The victims, Norris and Lakesha Jones, told law enforcement that as they left home, two men in ski masks approached and began shooting at them.

Lakeisha Jones, 39, was shot multiple times and flown to Lawnwood Medical Center and is expected to survive.

Norris Jones, 32, was shot once, taken to Indian River Medical Center and later released, according to the sheriff's office.

Detectives said they believe this shooting may be drug related.  The shooters are described as 6 feet 1 inch, one skinny and the other with medium build.

“We want to find out who did this and put them behind bars,” said Lt. Eric Flowers, with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators found illegal narcotics in plain view at the home as they were treating the victims.

The sheriff's office said Norris Jones has been uncooperative with investigators. 

“Based on the presence of the narcotics and the situation we’ve been told so far, the story we’ve received, this is a pretty specific incident and not a random incident,” Flowers added. “And we feel like we’re going to find out who did this.”

Neighbors described hearing multiple gunshots. They said they would not expect a shooting in their community.

“It’s actually quite surprising with us being such a small community and us being so family-oriented,” said Katanah, who didn’t want to share her last name. “A shooting is just so extreme. It shouldn't happen.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS.