Sunday, March 24, 2013

Town Hit By Shooting Spree - 40 Shops Affected

Downtown Sebring Recovering From County-Wide Property Damage Shooting Spree

SEBRING, Fl  -- Approximately 10 Downtown Sebring merchants, organizations and businesses have been devastated by the county-wide shooting spree that reportedly started around 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 and has impacted more than 40 businesses throughout Highlands County.

Brenner Pottery incurred more than $1,000 worth of merchandise damage, St. Vincent De Paul Society, the Children’s Museum of the Highlands, Molly’s Treats and Riles Pumps were also hit last night.

“As a brand new business that just opened last month, this is devastating to have this additional cost to bear, along with all of the normal start up costs a new business has to incur,” said Lora Todd, owner of Dogtown USA, who had an entire front window destroyed. “The money I now need to spend on repairs was budgeted to buy new merchandise.”.

Todd said the positive community support and assistance started early Sunday morning when people found out about the damage via Facebook.

“The community has been extremely supportive of the impacted small business owners in Downtown Sebring starting early Sunday morning,” Todd said. “People have been bringing us coffee, doughnuts, food and stopping by to see how they can help, as well as shopping in our open-window store, which shows the compassion our residents share for each other, as well as the passion everyone has for Downtown Sebring.”

Community leaders suggest to help the Downtown Sebring businesses and organizations impacted by this tragedy to shop, dine and spend money at affected Downtown Sebring businesses. 

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