Teen arrested, 2nd gunman sought in Sanford shooting that injured NFL player, 9 others

A suspected teen shooter has been arrested, and a second gunman is being sought, in a shooting at Cabana Live in Sanford that wounded 10 people, including an NFL player, early Sunday morning.

The shooting occurred shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, at Cabana Live located at 4380 Carraway Place in unincorporated Sanford.

Shortly after midnight, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the venue to establish an area patrol due to a large crowd of around 200 individuals. The event was promoted as “Nobody Leaves Sober,” and the sheriff’s office stated that it did not have the required event permit.

Poster for Never Leave Sober event (Cabana Live shooting)
A social media advertisement for the “Nobody Leaves Sober” event at Cabana Live.

Soon after arriving at Cabana Live, the deputies heard multiple gunshots near the back of the establishment.

Crowd at Cabana Live in Sanford before (above) and after (below) shots were fired
The crowd at Cabana Live quickly dispersed seconds after shots were fired early Sunday morning.

As the crowd dispersed, deputies were able to get inside the venue, and they determined that an armed security guard had successfully apprehended a suspected shooter.

Shooting at Cabana Live security guard (upper right) grabbing shooter
The upper right of the photo shows a security guard grabbing the suspected shooter moments after shots were fired.

The suspect was identified as 16-year-old Christopher Bouie of Daytona Beach.

Christopher Bouie, Jr.
Christopher Bouie, Jr.

According to SCSO, a total of ten victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the shooting incident. One of those victims was later identified as Houston Texans wide receiver Tank Dell.

The sheriff’s office stated that nine of the victims received treatment and were released from the hospital. No further details were provided regarding the victims.

An investigation was quickly launched by SCSO detectives, and they determined that the incident began as a physical altercation between several attendees. During the fight, Bouie allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired multiple rounds towards a crowd of people.

After being apprehended by the security guard, Bouie was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center. He is being charged with attempted homicide, possession of a firearm by a minor, use and display of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and firing a weapon on public property.

“We’re fortunate no one is dead or more people injured,” stated Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma. The sheriff further credited the actions of the security guard as heroic, stating that the security guard “literally tackled (Bouie) from behind, got his weapon, and delivered him to us in handcuffs.”

During the investigation into the shooting,  SCSO detectives later discovered that a second unidentified shooter had returned fire with an additional five rounds.

Second shooter at Cabana Live
The sheriff’s office stated that a second gunman returned fire during the incident at Cabana Live on April 28, 2024.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for the second unidentified gunman.

Second shooter at Cabana Live (2)
Another photo showing the second gunman at Cabana Live on April 28, 2024.

If you have any information about the second shooter’s identity or whereabouts, please contact the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office at 407-665-6650.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact the Central Florida Crimeline by calling 1-800-423-TIPS(8477) or clicking here to submit an online report.

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