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At least 11 people wounded in Lakeland, Florida, shooting, police say

The number of victims injured in Monday's shooting in Lakeland, Fla., has risen to 11 after another victim was taken to the hospital, according to Lakeland Police Chief Sam Taylor.

Lakeland police said the incident was a "targeted attack" in the Lakeland community, according to CNN.

Two of the 11 victims are in critical condition with "very serious injuries" - one man was shot in the face and the other in the abdomen. Investigators have spoken to nine other victims -- all of whom are expected to survive -- to get their accounts of the shooting, Taylor said at a briefing Tuesday morning.

Police located a blue Nissan in Lakeland that matched the one used in the Monday afternoon drive-by shooting, Taylor said. Investigators are "very confident" they have located the vehicle used in the shooting, the chief said.

Bosses said they were trying to expedite lab results using evidence found in the vehicle. A firearm was one of the items found with the vehicle, he said.

Taylor said there were four people inside the vehicle during the drive-by, and at least two people fired shots outside the vehicle. No one is currently in custody, but investigators have identified some "very promising leads" and at least one suspect, the chief said.

Taylor said police are looking for at least four men who may be wearing face coverings. He urged community members to call each other with any information that might help the investigation.

On Monday, the police department, in partnership with Crime Stoppers Heartland Florida, offered a $5,000 reward for information that could lead to the identification and arrest of a suspect in connection with the shooting. Information may be reported by calling 1-900-226 TIPS (8477).

Taylor said police found a "quantity" of marijuana at the scene, and police believed there was "a drug sale or marijuana sale going on at the time." "Whether this is important or relevant is unknown."

Officials did not want to provide any further information about the vehicle and its registered owner.

Taylor emphasized that investigators are working around the clock to gather evidence and file arrest warrants for those responsible.

"It's not going to happen in Lakeland. I've been here 34 years and I can tell you I've never been at an event where so many people were shot at the same time," he said.


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