Orlando gunman kills a policewoman and he remains at large

Early today a man shot a police woman and he is still at large

A gunman is at large after an Orlando police officer was shot near a Walmart Monday morning.The injured officer was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where she died after surgery was performed.

The shooting was reported near the store on Princeton Street around 7:15 a.m., prompting a massive police response to the area of Princeton Street and John Young Parkway.

Shortly before 930 a.m. the Orange County Sheriff’s Office reported that a murder suspect, Markeith Loyd, was being sought.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that when he saw the deputy, Loyd fired at the deputy near North Lane and Pine Hills Drive. That gunfire hit the deputy’s SUV but not the deputy.

More details about how the Orlando police officer was wounded as not immediately available.

Orlando Fire Department spokeswoman Ashley Papagni said an ambulance transported one person to Orlando Regional Medical Center. She couldn’t confirm any other details.

At least seven Orlando police officers and Orange County sheriff’s deputies were seen escorting the ambulance to the hospital. Officers are also detouring traffic around that

Lloyd was being sought because he is accused of murdering his pregnant 24-year-old girlfriend, Sade Dixon, in December.

Police confirmed via Twitter that an officer was shot. No further details were released.

Authorities have swarmed the Pine Hills neighborhood, near Pine Hills Road and Clarcona Ocoee Road, in search of the gunman, Orange County authorities said

Traffic near Princeton Street and John Young Parkway has been detoured and Orlando police are asking people to avoid the area as the investigation is conducted.

Thirteen Orange County schools have been placed in a precautionary lock down due to the shooting.

The following schools are under a lockdown:

  1. Gateway School
  2. Evans High School
  3. Pine Hills Elementary School
  4. Meadowbrook Middle School
  5. Positive Pathways
  6. Orange Center
  7. Rolling Hills Elementary School
  8. Lockhart Middle School
  9. Lockhart Elementary School
  10. Acceleration Academy West
  11. Esteem Academy
  12. Orange Virtual School
  13. Lake Silver Elementary School

Quotes from this story were from the ASSOCIATED PRESS and LIVESTREAM VIDEO FROM FOX 35 ORLANDO and CNN

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