Investigators with the Polk County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for as many as six suspects who accosted and then shot a merchant at the Lakeland Farmer's Market early Saturday.
The unidentified victim suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach and was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery.
He is expected to recover.
According to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report two black males approached the victim's coin and gun booth just before 8 a.m. The market is located at 2701 Swindell Rd.
The suspects said they wanted to purchase a gun but the merchant said no. The two men said ‘they would be back.'
A few minutes later the two men and four other black males approached the victim's booth again. One of the original suspects - armed with a hammer - smashed a glass case that contains weapons.
A second suspect armed with a shotgun fired a round that struck the merchant in the stomach.
Witnesses reported seeing all of the men running from the scene at the northwest corner of the market. All were wearing dark colored clothing.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact Detective Radabaugh at 863-307-5051 or 863-298-6200.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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