OCALA — Ocala Police Department officials on Tuesday said that a man who was shot on Monday in west Ocala is expected to survive.
Authorities identified the injured man as Ladarian Allison, 22.
OPD Detective Sean Young said he was at the intersection of Northwest Fourth Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. Monday when he heard a dispatch call about shots fired nearby. Young drove to where the call came from and found Allison lying on the ground. Allison, who had a bullet wound on his right side, was alert.
Allison told police officers that he had been robbed by two people near the Dollar General store and was shot, but did not know who shot him.
A woman standing near Allison told officers she was sitting on a picnic bench when she heard a gunshot and saw two men running west along a walking trail behind the Dollar General store at 1111 W. State Road 40. She said Allison was running behind the two men. She said he fell down and the two men stopped and asked if he was all right. She said once they saw that he had been was shot, they took off running along Northwest 12th Avenue. She described the two as being tall black men who were wearing all black clothing.
A man, who also was standing by Allison, told officers he was riding his bicycle through the park when he saw three men, including Allison, walk by. He said Allison fell down and the other two men asked if was OK. He said Allison said he could not breathe and the two men began to run. He one of the men had an Afro-style haircut and was wearing a light, possibly white, T-shirt and the other man was wearing dark clothing. He said both men were of average build.
A different man told police he heard a gunshot and saw Allison lying on the ground and saw two black men running on Northwest 12th Avenue. He said one man was wearing a light color shirt and the other was wearing a dark color shirt.
Allison was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.
Anyone with information can call the Ocala Police Department at 369-7000. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP or visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.
Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, firstname.lastname@example.org or @almillerosb.