Shooting at On Top of the World, two dead




[Last updated on May 12, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.]

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that occurred at 8747 Southwest 93rd Place — a residence at On Top of The World in the Friendship Colony neighborhood.

The call came in at approximately 8:40 a.m.

The MCSO SWAT team and Air-1 were also on the scene.

Authorities said that the area was placed on lockdown while MCSO searched for the shooter.

Early reports suggested that the incident was a domestic dispute that turned violent.

When deputies arrived, they found a woman on the front lawn of a neighbor’s house. She had suffered a gunshot wound.

According to reports, June Jackson, 60, was transported to a local hospital, where she later died.

At 12:15 p.m., MCSO said that the shooter had been “contained within an area.”

Then, at approximately 2:25 p.m., Ocala Post received information which indicated that the gunman, Clifton Erhardt, 51, had barricaded himself inside the residence and taken his own life.

MCSO’s Bomb Squad’s robot made entry to the home and, by utilizing robot’s on-board cameras , deputies discovered that Erhardt was dead.

According to detectives, Jackson and Erhardt were involved romantically.

In 2002, Erhardt was arrested in Marion County as a fugitive from justice. At that time, he was wanted in Baldwin County, Alabama, on charges of fraud. Court records also show that Erhardt’s ex-wife had filed domestic violence injunctions against him.

The motive for the shooting is not known at this time.

Updates will be posted as they become available.

Anyone with information can call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 352-732-9111, Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP, text a tip to 274637 using keyword 368-STOP, or visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. Anonymity is guaranteed.