Video: OCSO finds dead body at Campus Crossings. Video by Caroline Glenn / Central Florida Future
After a dead body was found at Campus Crossings Alafaya apartments near UCF Wednesday, residents spoke out about the incident.
Residents reported hearing shots fired around 6 p.m., about 30 minutes before a 911 phone call was placed to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Alejandro Wilson, a junior psychology major, said he heard three shots and saw an ambulance drive out of the complex, but couldn't see if there was a body inside.
With a large portion of the complex roped off with police tape, several residents were unable to get into their homes.
Quinten Roberts, a junior mathematics major, came home to his complex swarmed with emergency vehicles unable to go into his apartment. At 9:30 p.m., the residents were still unable to enter their homes and hadn't been given any information from the community's management.
While most residents said they wouldn't renew their leases after the incident, UCF junior Anthony Colon said the death isn't indicative of crime in the area.
"This doesn't dictate how bad the neighborhood is. It's really fine. All it takes is one bad apple," he said.
However, some UCF-area complexes have recently experienced bouts of crime. Colon said he didn't think much of it when he heard a "popping" sound at the complex.
"I guess [area crime] is kind of spreading because it's been happening around the UCF area a lot. First it was The Village [at Alafaya Club], then it was something on the main campus," he added.
Most recently, a UCF student fought off two burglars with a gun after they barged into her apartment at The Village at Alafaya Club. The day before, three separate units were burglarized at Northgate Lakes apartments.
Before arriving on the scene, OCSO received a 911 phone call around 6:30 p.m. from a woman who said she heard gunshots. On the way to the reported area, officers tried to call her back but she wouldn't pick up. When they got there, the officers knocked door to door until they found blood on a doorstep, said OCSO Lt. Paul Hopkins.
The blood appeared to be fresh, which would suggest the incident started outside. After maintenance let officers inside the unit, the body of a deceased black male was found.
The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Colin Jackson, and appears to have suffered gunshot wounds. Orange County public information officer confirmed the man is not a UCF student.
Marina Guerges is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.
Caroline Glenn is the News Editor at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter @bycarolineglenn or email her at CarolineGCentralFloridaFuture.com.