Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd holds up a photo of a Toyota Camry that was riddled with gunfire early Sunday morning.

Wild gun fight between cars in Winter Haven kills 1, injures 4

One person was killed and four people critically wounded in a gun battle between two cars early Sunday morning in unincorporated Winter Haven, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff Grady Judd said the shooting took place shortly after 1 a.m. in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 11th Street Northeast. Four people in a silver Toyota Camry – a 26-year-old male driver, a 20-year-old man in the front passenger seat, and two 17-year-old males in the back – were driving north on Buckeye Loop Road and were being followed by at least two people in an unidentified dark sedan. As the road turned west toward Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard,  the dark sedan pulled up next to the Camry and gunfire was exchanged. 

Judd said all of the occupants of the Camry were shot. The 20-year-old died.