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Tips sought on Saturday Avon Park shooting

AVON PARK -The Highlands County Sheriff's Office is looking for tips on a shooting that occurred at 4:30 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Hal McRae Boulevard and South Delaney Avenue in Avon Park.

Sheriff's deputies responded to Florida Hospital Heartland after a patient was treated in the emergency room from injuries from a gunshot wound, which authorities said were serious but not life-threatening.

Witnesses told authorities they saw a gray or silver sedan drive up to and leave the scene immediately after the shooting, a news release said. Detectives have spoken to "numerous" witnesses in the area at the time but are interested in speaking to the persons who were in the vehicle, the news release adds.

Authorities also would like to speak to anyone who was in the area of Hal McRae Boulevard and South Delaney Avenue during the time frame of the shooting and who they have not yet contacted.

Contact detective Allison Hinkle of the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit at 863-402-7820.

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477), or go to www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com