April 20, 2004
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager
Information Sought in Shooting Investigation
Polk County Sheriff's detectives are seeking
information about a shooting that occurred in the Eloise area of Winter
Haven last night, April 19, 2004, around 10:00 p.m.
Deputies responded to a disturbance call at 125 2nd Street and found one
victim of a shotgun blast, 23-year-old Carmello Fernandez. At 7:00
a.m. the next morning, another victim, 52-year-old Pedro Venavides of
Orlando, came forward for help at the 7-11 store on the corner of
Snively Ave and US Hwy 17 in Eloise. Venavides suffered a gunshot wound
to the back and a stab wound to the abdomen. Both men are in critical
but stable condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
Deputies are looking for 2 unaccounted for witnesses who were seen
leaving the scene in a dull black older model Chevrolet Beretta. A
Hispanic male named Alfredo, who goes by "Pollo", lives at the 2nd
street address, and another Hispanic male, Amadello Estrada, AKA "Padrino",
are wanted for questioning in this incident.
If anyone has information about to this case or knows the whereabouts of
the 2 aforementioned witnesses, they are urged to contact the Polk
County Sheriff's Office at 863-533-0344, or 1-800-226-0344.
Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible
for a CASH REWARD is asked to call Polk County Crime Stoppers at
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