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'Person of interest' sought in High Springs double shooting

4:34 PM, Aug 10, 2013   |    comments
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HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. -- Two people were killed outside a bar in High Springs early Saturday morning. Now authorities are looking for Willie J. Wingfield III -- a man they believe has knowledge of the incident. 

Around 1:15 a.m. Saturday morning, Columbia County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to the Santa Fe Bar on US Highway 441 after receiving a call that two people had been shot and killed. 

The victims were identified as Dennis Lamont Smith, 38, and Erik Antonio Akins, 24, from Fort White. 

According to witnesses, a fight broke out in the parking lot of the bar soon after 1:00 a.m.

The shooter left the scene prior to law enforcement's arrival, according to police. 

Police are now attempting to locate Wingfield, a 21-year-old also from the Fort White area.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with knowledge of the incident to call (386) 719-2005.  Anonymous tips may also be made through Crime Stoppers of Columbia County by calling (386) 754-7099 or by submitting a web tip at  

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