Ocala, Florida — A convicted felon remained behind bars Tuesday after he was arrested and charged with Attempted Second-Degree murder and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.
Ocala Police Department detectives said that on June 18, 2017, at approximately 4:42 a.m., OPD responded to 1223 S.W. Ft. King Street, in response to a shooting.
Upon arrival, police found a 27-year-old male victim with multiple gunshot wounds to his neck and leg.
According to detectives, Lester Ray Smith, 31, was quickly named as a person of interest.
He was arrested a short time later.
The victim remains in critical but stable condition.
Smith has a lengthy, violent criminal record.
The investigation is still active and detectives are searching for more information on this case.
Anyone with information can call Sergeant Jamie Buchbinder at 352-369-7084 the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000, Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP, or text 274637 using keyword 368-STOP. Tipsters can also visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. Anonymity is guaranteed.