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Orlando Police involved in gunfire for second night in a row

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Orlando Police officers opened fire on drug suspects Wednesday night, marking the second night in a row that officers were involved in a shooting incident.

Both incidents involved drug complaints within a few miles of each other.

On Wednesday, officers responded to a home on Arlington Street, near Orange Blossom Trail. As they talked to a man, a person inside the home pointed a gun at an officer, and another was reaching for a gun.

Witnesses at the scene told Fox 35's Melissa Mahadeo that the home is a recording studio, and there were no drugs inside. They said they are aspiring rap artists, and one of the victims is an aspiring rapper and the other a videographer. According to the witnesses, law enforcement did not identify themselves when they came to the home.

"They never said it was the police," the witness said. "They were peeking through the back window, and all I heard was, 'He has a gun,' and I heard a shot go off."

Said Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney: "This is the second night in a row that our drug unit was investigating drug complaints, and suspects have pulled guns on officers.

"The message is clear: If anyone pulls a gun on an Orlando Police officer, we are trained to shoot back -- which we did."

The two men who were involved in Wednesday's shooting have been identified as 19-year-old Karvas Gamble Jr. and 25-year-old Cordaryl Wilson.   Both men were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.  Gamble Jr. died Thursday morning, authorities said.

Gamble Jr's friend tell us he was an aspiring artist and videographer who was trying to get his financial aid package together to attend the Jacksonville Art Institute in the coming weeks. Gamble Jr. had just one arrest in Orange County on his record, for possession of marijuana in 2011.

Wilson has a lengthy arrest record that includes two charges of selling marijuana. While the family said there were no drugs or guns, Orlando police investigators said they found three weapons in total, two of them stolen. They also said Wilson had ecstasy, marijuana, and paraphernalia in his possession.

On Tuesday night, Orlando Police officers say they returned fire after Sadiki Allwood, 22, opened fire on them and ran. Makabee Seow, 29, a friend, also fled.  Allwood, a convicted felon, was hit in the shoulder and treated and released from a hospital. He faces several charges, including attempted murder on a law enforcement officer. Seow was charged with drug possession.


FOX 35's Mike Synan contributed to this report.


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