DELAND, Fla. -- The man who was shot during a DeLand home invasion early Wednesday morning has died, according to police.
- 3 police departments searching for suspect
- No suspect description given
- Man who was shot, died ID'd
Officers received a call around 4:52 a.m. for shots fired at a home on 612 Ambrose St. When police arrived, they found that 22-year-old Michael L. Dixon had been shot, stated Sgt. Chris Estes with the DeLand Police Department.
Dixon's mother was also home but was not injured.
"I heard like a boom, so I jumped up, and I just opened my room door, and when I opened my room door it was a man coming down the hall with a gun," his mother told the 911 operator.
Dixon's mother told the 911 dispatcher she believes the gunman said something to her son but she couldn't make out the words.
When police arrived, they found Dixon on the floor of a bedroom. His mother was so scared she ran to a neighbors a house.
"I just jumped out the window, and I heard like, three shots or something, and I heard my son screaming," said the victim's mother.
Dixon was taken to Florida Hospital DeLand., but he later died Wednesday morning, confirmed the police department.
Police said this was likely no random act of violence.
Authorities said Dixon has been in a little trouble with drugs before but was never convicted and successfully completed a substance abuse program in 2016.
Police say they will explore any possibility that could've been a motive, including his past.
Edward Police Department's and New Smyrna Police Department's K-9 units were brought in to search for a suspect, according to Estes, a public information officer with the police department.
The victim's mother said she wasn't ready to speak on camera, but she was just shocked and trying to deal with the tragic news.
The police chief says this is the second shooting within three days in DeLand. They don't know if they're related at this time but are certainly looking into it.
The chief said he's created a special enforcement team to help analyze these types of crimes with a focus on violent crime.
Anyone with information is asked to call the DeLand Police Department at 1-386-626-7400.
Reporter Brittany Jones contributed to this story.