On Sunday, August 28, 2022, Lake Wales Police responded to the area of 32 W. Seminole Avenue regarding a shooting. During the investigation, detectives learned an argument involving several young men occurred inside an apartment. At some point during the argument, they began walk outside, at which point 21-year-old Camron Salas produced a handgun and shot two of the men, one 17 and one 18 years of age. As Salas was shooting the men, another man retrieved a handgun from the residence and shot Salas, who died at the scene. Both the 17 and 18-year-old shooting victims survived their injuries following treatment at local hospitals.
During the investigation, detectives arrested 39-year-old Vernon Scarlett of Lake Wales for tampering with evidence after learning he took the handgun used by Salas and hid it. Scarlett was cooperative with detectives and they have recovered that firearm.
This appears to be an isolated incident and all subjects involved are cooperating with the investigation. This case remains open and the investigation continues.
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Detective David Arana at the Lake Wales Police Department at 863-678-4223 ext. 269. Or, if you would like to stay anonymous and be eligible for a CASH REWARD through Heartland Crime Stoppers: