Daytona Beach Cops: Motorist shot in the head and killed; crashes car into Campbell Middle School

Photo for Headline Surfer / A social media pic of Eric Gordon, 18, is shown above in the inset of Saturday night's grisly homicide crime scene at Cambell Middle School where he was gunned down in his car, which he crashed ithrough a fence and against the building. The shooter remains on the loose.

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The unmistakeable sound of gunshots rang out under the cover of darkness Saturday night -- the driver's side door riddled with bullet holes -- one of the rounds piercing the head of the young motorist and causing him to crash through a fence abd against Campbell Middle School.

Responding to a series of 9-1-1 calls, cops found Eric Gordon slumped unconscious and bleeding behind the wheel. Gordon was pronounced dead at Halifax Health Hospital early this morning. He was just 18 years old.

Here is a synopsis of what occurred in the 9:39 p.m. incident as described in an email media alert to Headline Surfer by Daytona Beach Police Sgt. Kelsey Harris: Cops were called to Campbell Middle School on South Keech Street after a report of gunshots in the area and a crash.

Officers arrived on scene and observed that a vehicle had driven through the rear fence of Campbell Middle School and struck the school building, its final resting spot. Building structure was intact with minimum damage. 

The victim, 18 year old Eric L. Gordon,  (B/M, 09-05-2001) of Daytona Beach, was found slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, bleeding profusely, and suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of his head.

Gordon was treated on scene and transported to Halifax Hospital by emergency personnel in critical condition and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 1 a.m. 

"Witnesses in the general area, reported hearing the sound of gunshots," Harris said, adding the driver’s door of the vehicle was shot multiple times from the outside. Police do not have a motive nor do they have a suspect. Damage to the school is estimated at $5,000.  

Officers arrived on scene and observed that a vehicle had driven through the rear fence of Campbell Middle School and struck the school building, its final resting spot. Building structure was intact with minimum damage. 

The victim, 18 year old, Eric L. Gordonm,  (B/M, 09-05-2001) of Daytona Beach, was found slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, bleeding profusely, and suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of his head. Gordon was treated on scene and transported to Halifax Hospital by emergency personnel in critical condition and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 1 a.m. 

"Witnesses in the general area, reported hearing the sound of gunshots," Harris said, adding the driver’s door of the vehicle was shot multiple times from the outside. Police do not have a motive nor do they have a suspect. Damage to the school is estimated at $5,000. 

Police do not have a motive nor do they have a suspect. Damage to the school is estimated at $5,000. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Daytona Beach PD's Criminal Investigation Division at 386-671-5200 and ask for Detective Dave Dinardi. A $10,000.00 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. 

A friend of the family of Eric Gordon has started a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral costs. 

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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 nearly evenly 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 West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.