Police searching for man who fatally shot 2 women, critically injured child in Haines City

Polk County

HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – Haines City police are searching for a man who allegedly shot three people, two of them fatally, at an apartment complex Friday night.

According to police, Ernst Cherizard, 38, shot three people at Citrus Ridge Apartments before 7:30 p.m.

Police said two female relatives of one of the victims arrived at the complex to check on their relative and Cherizard told them she was not there.

One relative returned to the complex and a confrontation between the woman and Cherizard ensued.

Cherizard fired a handgun, killing the woman before fleeing.

Police found two other shooting victims, a woman and her 6-year-oldchild, inside an apartment.

The two women were killed. The child was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to her head.

Police said Cherizard is the boyfriend of one of the victims. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Cherizard fled in a burgundy 2011 Nissan Altima, Florida tag GZN C82.

Anyone with information about Cherizard’s whereabouts should contact Haines City police. To remain anonymous, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

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