45-year-old man killed during shooting in Northwest Ocala

Published: Aug. 27, 2022 at 6:31 PM EDT
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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - A man from Ocala was killed in Northwest Ocala after being shot multiple times.

Around 5:15 in the morning, Ocala Police responded to a call about a shooting on Northwest 21st Court in the Happiness Homes neighborhood.

That’s where a 45-year-old black man whose family members identify as Willie Douglas was shot multiple times and died at the scene.

“It’s a sad day in Ocala and I hate to see on a continuous basis our young black youth and our young black men lives being destroyed by the hands of a gun, babies pulling the trigger,” said his brother-in-law Tommy Johnson.

The family said Douglas made music and many people know him by his nickname Willo. After he turned his life around he started a very successful lawn business.

“The last time I spoke with him when he was alive we were having a fish fry I said let me listen to some of your music. So he got his phone and the music that he was singing was not rap it was gospel,” said Johnson.

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Johnson along with close family members and friends said Douglas will be missed by many.

“As far as Willo he’s going to be well missed by a lot of people. I do know he was a lovable person and if he could help you he would help you and he had a spirit like his father.”

The SWAT team was also called out to the scene and neighbors believe they were serving a search warrant at a home nearby.

TV20 saw two men put in handcuffs and reached out to Ocala Police for more information but hasn’t received a callback.

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