Columbia County detectives release sketch of man sought in 2016 shooting

Deputies: Man wearing yellow safety vest shot victim multiple times 3 years ago

By Zachery Lashway - Reporter/anchor

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. - Detectives with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office on Thursday released a composite sketch of a man sought in a 2016 shooting. 

The Sheriff's Office said it needs the public's help to identify the man in his 30s to 40s who was described as having short hair; being about 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall; and weighing about 160 pounds.

Deputies said they responded about 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016, to a home on Tommy Lites Street, where a person had been shot. 

The victim told deputies he was sleeping when he was awakened by the doorbell.

"The doorbell rang, kind of startled me out of a deep sleep. I wake up, get out of bed, go to look through the door, the glass in the door, see a gentleman there, holding a box, had Amazon tape around it," Cimaron Holt recounted Thursday. "I told him it was a little late for a delivery."

Holt said he then opened the door and was shot multiple times at point-blank range.

"Tell him again, it was a little late for a delivery, at which time he dropped the box, pointed the gun," he told News4Jax. "The first shot was point-blank into my nose. I did a defensive move, or what I would say was a defensive move. The second shot went through my arm and into my jaw.  The third shot went into my neck."

Holt said he then ran back into his home, called 911 and was airlifted to an area hospital.

911 operator: "Tell me exactly what happened."
911 caller: "I have been shot. I don't know what with."
Operator: "Who shot you?"
Caller: "I don't know, some guy."

Investigators said the gunman, who was wearing a yellow safety vest, took off in an unknown vehicle after the shooting.

Three years have passed and Holt is still waiting for justice.

"My life has changed as far as my daily routine. I didn’t want it to affect me that way, so I wasn’t going to let it put me in the corner and keep my head down," he said. "I carry a firearm. I have a concealed permit. I sleep with that firearm. I have a very high-tech security system on my home. I am constantly on alert."

Anyone who recognizes the man depicted in the composite sketch is asked to call detectives at 386-758-1095. To remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers of Columbia County at 386-754-7099.

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