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Updated: 03/26/2014 08:00:05AM

Shooting sends one to hospital

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Jamelle Rashard Smith

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A Lake Wales man was sent to the hospital and is in critical condition after being shot in a fight which had escalated this weekend, according to Lake Wales Police.

According to reports, on Sunday, shortly before 2 a.m., Jamelle Rashard Smith, 26, of 134 C St., Lake Wales, was in a fight with Andrae Deron Pittman, 33, of Lake Wales.

The incident occurred on Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Boulevard, just east of D Street in Lake Wales.

Police say the fight escalated when Smith pulled out a gun and shot Pittman multiple times. Pittman was airlifted due to his injuries, reports say.

Police note he has undergone surgery and is in critical condition.

Reports say Smith turned himself in shortly after the shooting. He was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder.

He is currently in the Polk County Jail. Police say Smith has a history of breaking the law, to include charges of throwing or shooting a deadly missile into a dwelling or vehicle and multiple criminal traffic arrests.

This investigation is ongoing as detectives attempt to identify other persons and possible witnesses involved. Anyone having information on the shooting is asked to call Det. Alvin Maultsby at 863-678-4223, ext. 265 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 800-226-8477.

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