‘This was not a random incident’: Lakeland man arrested for attempted murder, search continues for 2nd suspect

Courtesy: Polk County Sheriff's Office

Polk County detectives arrested Javon Deshonn Harrison, 26, of Lakeland on four counts of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied home.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the area of Fort Socrum Village Boulevard in unincorporated Lakeland around 9 a.m. on Friday after receiving complaints of gunfire in the area. When deputies arrived, they said they found four uninjured victims.

One of the victims told the detectives he was outside in the driveway when a black Audi car parked near his residence. He said Harrison, who he recognized because they went to high school together, got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and walked toward him. The driver of the Audi also got out of the vehicle and walked toward the victim. Both were pointing handguns at him.

Deputies say Harrison fired his handgun at the victim several times, with bullets striking the home and driveway before both he and the driver fled the area in the car.

Detectives identified Marcel Bruce, 28, of Lakeland as the driver of the Audi. He is wanted for four counts of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied home. Detectives believe Bruce may be in the Tampa area.

"Our detectives did an outstanding job and made a quick arrest. This was not a random incident, and the community can now be assured knowing the primary shooter is in jail," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

Harrison has a criminal history that includes a charge of aggravated battery, battery, a criminal traffic violation, and a failure to appear. He is being held in the Polk County Jail without bond. 

This investigation remains ongoing.