Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide detectives are conducting a Triple Homicide Investigation in the Auburndale area.
At approximately 2:40am, this morning, Saturday, May 24, 2008, Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to The Thunderbird Inn, 723 New Hope Street, Auburndale, in reference to a noise disturbance. As deputies were responding, additional information was received regarding a possible shooting inside the establishment.
Upon arrival deputies discovered three victims, all of whom had been shot.
Two victims, DJs with the group "Poison Dart," have been identified as Antone Geargo Neely, AKA Tony Montana, DOB 7/18/1978, 7137 Waterside Drive, Tampa, who died at the scene, and Michael S Rattigan, AKA Chris Rock, DOB 9-20-1972, 10516 Gold Water Lane, Riverview, who was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Rattigan died at LRMC.
A third victim also died at the scene. He has been identified as Kevin Jordache Webster, DOB 5/7/1979, 2681 Salters Court, Deltona Florida. Webster was an associate of the DJs.
"This is a brutal murder scene," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "It appears this had something to do with the DJs, as they were the only victims we know of." Sheriff Judd encouraged residents and patrons of the bar to contact the Sheriff's Office. "Someone knows the name of who did this, and we need that name."
Sheriff Judd reminded residents that information can be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.TIPS.