A man was shot three times as he was running away from a party on Saturday night in Oviedo, according to a police report.

The shooter has been identified as 18-year-old Sarkevious Small. He has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, discharging a firearm in public, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, loitering and prowling and resisting arrest without violence.

Oviedo police responded to a shooting at 253 Wilson Avenue around 9:23 p.m. They found Demetrius Hill with gunshot wounds to his left leg, right foot and right shoulder blade.

Hill told officers that his brother, Joseph Sykes, got into an argument with Small and two other men; Jeremiah Holmes, 18, and a 16-year-old juvenile, the report said.

None of the suspects are UCF students, said Courtney Gilmartin, UCF PD spokeswoman.

According to police documents, during the argument, Small, Holmes and the juvenile pulled out guns and pointed them at Hill, Sykes and other individuals at the party. Small threatened to kill an individual at the party.

When Hill and the others turned to run, Small discharged his firearm. Witnesses identified Small as the person who fired the shots that hit Hill.

Hill was taken to the Central Florida Regional Hospital emergency room, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Small, Holmes and the minor left the area in a blue Nissan sedan. Oviedo police broadcasted the vehicle information along with their descriptions, and Casselberry police located the suspects and attempted to stop them.

Casselberry police pursued the vehicles in a chase until they received word that Hill did not want to press charges, the report said. At that time, a Seminole County Sheriff's Office helicopter continued to follow the vehicle into Orange County where it parked behind a residential home.

Small, Holmes and the juvenile exited the vehicle and fled into the wooded area behind the house, the reports said. Orange County Sheriff's Office searched, apprehended and arrested the three suspects. They were transported to the Orange County holding facilities.

Holmes and the juvenile were charged with loitering and prowling and resisting arrest without violence.

Police later learned that Small had gone to the party to confront one of the partygoers due to an ongoing dispute.


Amelia Truong is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @Ameliatruong or email her at

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