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Reward triples to $15,000 for information in Ilous Ellis Park shooting

Nikkitia Bryant, 29, killed, 7 others shot at park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
A mother was killed after a gang-related shooting at Ilous Ellis Park in Fort Pierce on Jan. 16, 2023.
Posted at 11:29 AM, Jan 24, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-24 19:21:08-05

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A $10,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day shooting at Ilous Ellis Park in Fort Pierce.

That second reward comes after the $5,000 reward initially offered by Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers. A Crime Stoppers tip coordinator told WPTV the organization has received about 20 tips that it has passed off to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

The Florida Sheriff's Association and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the reward Monday, one week after the mass shooting that left a 29-year-old woman dead.

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Nikkitia Bryant was one of eight people shot while attending a holiday celebration at the park near Avenue M and 13th Street.

Nikkitia Bryant, killed in shooting at Ilous Ellis Park in Fort Pierce
Nikkitia Bryant was killed in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day shooting at Ilous Ellis Park in Fort Pierce.

Four others were wounded in the "chaos that ensued after the shots being fired," Chief Deputy Brian Hester said last week.

Two days after the shooting, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office deputies identified a person of interest, but they later ruled him out, Sheriff Ken Mascara said.

More than a week later, detectives still don't have a suspect, although Mascara has vowed that there "will be an arrest" at some point.

$5,000 REWARD
Hotline: 800-273-TIPS (8477)
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$10,000 REWARD
Hotline: 888-ATF-TIPS (284-8477)
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Detective Hotline: 772-462-3230