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Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a Shooting Suspect.

At approximately 2:33 am, on Sunday, November 1, 2009, PCSO deputies responded to the B.P. Station located at 700 North Wabash Avenue, Lakeland, where a crowd of individuals had become disorderly.

As deputies arrived, they heard shots coming from the area of the store, and a number of those in the crowd fled.  Deputies then discovered that an 18-year-old female had been shot.

According to witnesses, 26-year-old Altonio Speed, (at large) had discharged a firearm from a vehicle into the crowd striking the victim in the chest.  She was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in critical condition.  Speed fled the area.  There is a warrant for Speed on charges of Attempted Murder.

Anyone with any information in Speed’s whereabouts is urged to contact Detective James Ostojic at 863.577.1600, or 863.534.6200.


Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

Media Contact:                                                   Date: 11/2/2009