It was Friday, June 16th, and a young family was enjoying the skate park at the recreational complex banded by Fairgrounds Road, Chisholm Road, and Cox Creek Parkway in Florence. At approximately 4:30 p.m., the family took a break and sat in an area adjacent to Fairgrounds Road. It was then that a “distinctive green” Chrysler drove by.
Witnesses said four young men occupied the vehicle, and one in the back seat raised an Airsoft type weapon and fired at the family, hitting the five year-old daughter. The little girl, who was shot in the neck, was not seriously injured, but is now scared to go back to the park.
The vehicle is believed to be similar to this photo; the car may appear gold in some light:
|2000 Chrysler 300 in Light Green--Similar to Shooter's Car|
Florence police are asking for the public’s help in finding this cadre of youths who have nothing better to do than terrorize an innocent family on what should have been a fun outing. If you have any information about the incident, call Kevin Jackson at 256-760-6557 or Shoals Crime Stoppers at 256-386-8687.
Crime Stoppers usually offers a reward; however, there has been no public statement about one in this crime. We are sincerely hoping that local businesses will come forward to contribute to a reward in this case. Let’s get these thugs off the streets even if it’s just for a few hours until they can make bail.