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Volusia County sheriff’s deputies have arrested two juvenile suspects in connection with an Oct. 23 drive-by shooting in south DeLand.

Three more arrests are expected to follow shortly, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant said Thursday morning.

The shooting happened around 8:20 p.m. Oct. 23 in the 900 block of Gayle Drive, where the victims reported several shots were fired at their truck from a passing car.

No one was injured in the shooting, which followed an earlier verbal confrontation at Gator’s Dockside DeLand, Gant said.

Keyonta Alexander, 17, of DeLand, is facing two counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of principal to aggravated assault with a firearm.

Another 17-year-old DeLandite was also arrested and charged with providing false information to law enforcement. His name is not being released, as he is a juvenile and the charge is a misdemeanor.

“[The suspect] was interviewed by detectives the morning after the shooting and denied knowing those involved,” Gant said. “However, he was a teammate of Alexander’s on the DeLand High School football team and was close friends with [three other suspects in the case,] Ross, Robinson and Montgomery, and he was present with the group at Gator’s Dockside on the evening of the incident.”

Alexander and the other 17-year-old were arrested Wednesday afternoon at DeLand High School.

Deputies are searching for three other suspects in the car on the night of the shooting: Jake Ross, 19, who is the suspected shooter; Delvaughn Robinson, 19; and Charles Montgomery, 18.

Robinson and Montgomery are facing two counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder and two counts of principal to aggravated assault with a firearm — the same charges as Alexander.

Ross is facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

“Deputies are actively attempting to locate the outstanding suspects, who are urged to turn themselves in,” Gant said.

— Anthony DeFeo


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