Columbia County High teenager killed in double shooting

LAKE CITY, Fla. – A 17-year-old is dead and another juvenile was wounded in a shooting in a Lake City neighborhood.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call of shots fired at about 5:05 p.m. in the area of Lochlynn Terrace and Putnam Street in Lake City.

Steve Kachigan, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, told News4Jax that two juveniles were found shot near the intersection. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Later in the evening, Kachigan said one of the victims, a 17-year-old, died. He could not reveal the age or gender of the other victim, whose condition was unclear.

The teen who died was identified by the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday as Dionne Leslie, a sophomore at Columbia County High School. His father told News4Jax his son was “a great kid.”

The high school released a statement that reads:

“We are devastated with the news that a member of the Class of 2023 lost his life yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We’ve had counselors available today for students and staff, and we will continue to provide support in the coming days.”

Kachigan said a person of interest had been identified, but he noted that no one was taken into custody.

“Detectives are currently working on locating that individual, we do have them identified. But at this point, we’re not sharing publicly their identity,” Kachigan said.

The Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with information to contact deputies by calling 386-719-2005 or by leaving an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 386-754-7099.

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