Florida woman kills 8-year-old daughter and stepfather, shoots mother before running away, police launch manhunt

Florida woman kills 8-year-old daughter and stepfather, shoots mother before running away, police launch manhunt

Police in Florida are on the hunt for a woman who they say killed her young daughter and her stepfather, and shot her mother before making a run for it.

The Port St. Lucie Police Department is on the lookout for the Hispanic female, 28-year-old Alyssa Marie Torres, who is the primary suspect in the murders of her eight-year-old daughter and her stepfather, as well as the shooting of her mother.

The search for Torres began after deputies from the department responded to a residence in the Waterleaf Townhomes Apartments at 1920 -95 SE Hillmoor Drive at around 12:30 am on Monday, June 24, on reports of a shooting involving two fatalities, according to a press release.

On arrival, they found the bodies of two victims, a young girl and a man in his 50s. Another victim, also in her 50s and believed to be Torres' mother, was found to have been shot, with St. Lucie County Fire & Rescue responding to the scene and transporting her to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening medical treatment.

Police said Torres fled the scene in a 2005 Toyota Rav4 that is silver in color and bears a Florida Tag of KPD -T14.

The car Torres is believed to have escaped in (Source: Port St. Lucie Police Department)

34-year-old Angela McLendon, a former coworker of Torres, said this was very uncharacteristic of her and that she had shared how her mom "babied her because she was the only daughter."

"She had talked about her mother like they had a close relationship and her mother did everything for her, bought her things, and during Christmas would buy her jewelry and get her different things and helped her out, pay her bills," she told the Treasure Coast Newspapers.

Speaking about the case, Senior Sgt. Lisa Marie Carrasquillo revealed that they have probable cause for an arrest. He added that Torres "frequents the Palm Beach and Orlando areas."

Anyone with information on whereabouts of Torres or her vehicle can contact the Port St. Lucie Police Department at (772) 871-5001 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS. They have warned that the 28-year-old is armed and dangerous.

Detectives are still on the scene investigating the circumstances involving the shooting, and a large portion of the apartment's parking lot was blocked with yellow tape.

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