Man shot dead at Lakeland gas station, suspects at large

LAKELAND, FL – One person is dead after being shot at the Mobil gas station on West Memorial Boulevard.

According to police, on Sunday, July 4, 2021, shortly after midnight, uniform patrol officers responded to the Mobil gas station located at 1615 West Memorial Boulevard in reference to a shooting. On scene, officers located a 34-year-old male victim with multiple gunshot wounds.

“Officers immediately began securing the scene and rendering aid until emergency medical responders from Lakeland Fire Department and Polk County Fire Rescue arrived. The victim was transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later,” the department said in a statement. “Prior to the shooting, the victim was pumping gas when two armed suspects began to approach him. The suspects had just exited a vehicle that was parked on an adjacent street. As the victim saw the two suspects approaching, he attempted to flee on foot when he was shot.”

The two suspects retreated to their vehicle and fled the area. Their identity is not known at this time.

Detectives are continuing to follow up on leads as this is still very early in the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Russ Hurley at 863.834.8973 or

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