Ocala, Florida – Law enforcement authorities have apprehended a man and a woman in connection with a tragic shooting incident that occurred outside a Burger King restaurant in Ocala last week, according to the local police department. The incident, which took place on Friday, unfolded in the parking lot of the Burger King establishment situated at 2301 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Police officials have identified the two individuals taken into custody as Kevin Coleman, 29, and Tulana Joshua, 33, who were arrested the following day “for their involvement in tampering with evidence.” The police department announced in a statement that a person lost their life as a result of the shooting. The victim, identified as 28-year-old Jose Valliant from Belleview, was publicly recognized on Tuesday.
However, investigators have clarified that neither Coleman nor Joshua are considered suspects in the actual shooting, and as such, the search for the perpetrator is still ongoing. Coleman now faces multiple charges, including tampering with physical evidence, solicitation to tamper with physical evidence, and two counts of firearm possession by a felon. He has been remanded without the possibility of bond.
Meanwhile, Joshua has been charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence and is currently being held on a $5,000 bond. Authorities are urging anyone with information regarding the shooting or the whereabouts of the shooter to promptly contact the detectives assigned to the case at (352) 369-7000.
Alternatively, individuals can provide anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Marion County by dialing (352) 368-7867 or by utilizing the online reporting platform accessible here.
As the investigation unfolds, the community remains on edge, seeking answers and justice for the tragic loss of life. The incident has underscored the need for enhanced security measures and vigilance in public spaces, as authorities work tirelessly to apprehend the responsible party and bring them to justice.
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