One person shot and injured after fight at Groveland daycare center, owner says

GROVELAND, Florida. – A shooting at a Groveland daycare center on Thursday afternoon left one person in the hospital, according to the daycare owner.

The owner of We Are The Future Academy – Lisbel Rodriguez – said two brothers-in-law came to pick up their children and fought outside the office.

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One of them had already picked up her child and was leaving the centre, she said.

Rodriguez said they then walked past the other family member outside the daycare, at which point a fight ensued.

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Children were playing in the playground when employees heard a gunshot, at which point workers began bringing the children inside, according to the Rodriguezes.

Afterwards, the landlady said she had locked the entire daycare center to prevent anyone from getting hurt.

She said she went back outside through a separate building and saw a man lying in some bushes near the office with a gunshot wound.

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Rodriguez said she called 911, but the shooter didn’t run away or leave — he just went to his car and waited for police, who eventually came to arrest him.

The victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. La Rodriguez said she messaged the parents of the children at the daycare to let them know what happened.

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Baylee McDaniel, the mother of a child attending the daycare, has spoken of her reaction after finding out about the incident.

“When I heard… it was a shooting, my whole heart sank,” she said. “My stomach knotted. I was like, ‘I have to go get my daughter now.’

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McDaniel said her daughter was “a little shaken up” and “crying” when she picked up the child from daycare.

“I don’t understand how anyone can be so reckless and want to do this in a children’s facility with kids on the playground, playing,” McDaniel said.

According to Rodriguez, she had heard of a family drama involving the brothers-in-law before filming.

Despite recent events, the daycare said it will still be open tomorrow.

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