Man Arrested In Connection To Marion County Drive-By Shootings

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One man has been arrested in connection to the string of drive-by shootings that occurred last week in Marion County.

Cedric Sherrod Smith, Jr., who is believed to be involved with one of the four drive-by shootings that occurred in Marion County, Fla., last week.
Cedric Sherrod Smith, Jr., who is believed to be involved with one of the four drive-by shootings that occurred in Marion County, Fla., last week.

Cedric Sherrod Smith was taken into custody earlier today for one charge of Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, according to an Ocala Police Department press-release. Smith is believed to have been involved with one of the two shootings that occurred on Sept. 10 at 1910 NW 26 Ave. No one was injured in either incident.

Detective Mike Hilton, with OPD, “was able to develop probable cause for Cedric Sherrod Smith” through his investigation, according to the press-release. Smith was booked into Marion County Jail with a $20,000 bond.

Four shootings occurred between Sept. 10 and Sept. 12. While no injuries were reported at either of the shootings at 1910 NW 2nd Ave., a man and two children were injured in separate drive-by incidents.

Investigations into the other shootings continue.

“At this point in our investigation into this string of shootings we are still focused on trying to locate the person responsible for shooting two innocent children,” said OPD Supervisor of Major Crimes Investigation Sgt. Lisa Bienko.

“We encourage anyone within our community with information about these cases to please come forward.”

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