BREAKING NEWS: Sanford cops: Alleged gunman sought in Seminole Towne Center Mall parking lot shooting apprehended

Photo for Headline Surfer /  Lewis Thomas Boone is being held on charges of attempted first degree premeditated homicide and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

SANFORD, Fla. -- Sanford cops apprehended Lewis Thomas Boone tonight for the shooting of another young man that occurred on Tuesday in the parking lot of the Seminole Towne Center Mall.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Boone was responsible for shooting Ja’vonte Washington in the parking lot of the Seminole Towne Center Mall. According to Sanford police, Washington and Boone are known to each other. While at the mall, Washington’s 14-year-old cousin was in a conversation with a female, who was with Boone. 

Moments later, Lewis Thomas Boone made contact with Ja’vonte Washington and his cousin in the parking lot, near the Burlington Coat Factory. Afterwards, a verbal altercation occurred between Lewis Thomas Boone and Ja’vonte Washington’s cousin. As a result of this interaction, Lewis Thomas Boone retrieved a firearm from the trunk of his vehicle.

Lewis Thomas Boone fired at Ja’vonte Washington and his cousin. Ja’vonte Washington received multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to the hospital for medical attention. Ja’vonte Washington’s condition remains stable and he is in recovery.

During the course of the investigation, the Sanford Police Department determined that it is an isolated incident, which occurred outside the parking lot. Boone, is charged with attempted first degree premeditated homicide and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

 
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.