The Polk’s Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding Malakia Askew, 17, wanted after somebody shot a handgun into a yard full of people on Norfolk Circle east of Lakeand and wounded one of them early Friday. He “should be considered armed and dangerous. He has been known to frequent the Griffin Avenue Apartments in north Lakeland,” PCSO said on Facebook. Anybody with information is asked to contact PCSO at 863-298-6200 or, for a reward, Heartland Crime Stoppers at Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or

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