Father, son shot during Lake City home invasion were randomly targeted

Lake City police say a 75-year-old man and his 51-year-old son who were shot and stabbed during a home invasion Monday were randomly targeted.

The father and son remain in the hospital.

"I don't think these individuals targeted this house in particular. I just think it was one of these incidents that they just had the opportunity just to be a victim at the time," said Lake City Assistant Police Chief Jody Cooper.

The father's wife was bedridden and could do nothing to help.

Cooper says the 75-year-old didn't go down without a fight.

Cooper explained, "He tried to fight off the assailant. He was able to compose himself, leave the residence, drive to the police department. When he arrived here, the first thing that came out of his mouth was I need some help for my son."

Police say the home invasion maybe tied to a gang, but it's too early to tell.

Some people who live on Smith Street says there have been several break-ins in the area in recent months.

They believe some of the crimes would be prevented if police were more visible in their community.

"It's time for the police to do their job and start catching. I'm not saying anything bad about the Lake City police, but they can step it up," said Stacy Thompson.

Chief Cooper says they've solved a number of gang related shootings and have good leads on many of the break-ins.

Cooper adds he just got on the job a month ago and is working hard and using all available resources to solve crimes.

He plans to make sure his officers step up patrols on Smith Street.

"We're going to get out here more, be more proactive in the community. We're going to ensure that the community knows that we are here. We're going to be seen and we're going to actually do our job," said Cooper.

Many residents on Smith Street plan to talk with Lake City City Council about the crime in their community.