LAKELAND, Fla. — Police have their eye on a particular pickup truck as they investigate what led up to a deadly shooting.

Steven Schelmety, 32, was found shot to death around 11:35 p.m. Friday at Artillery Motor Sports, 3609 Century Blvd., according to police.

A second person shot was taken to an area hospital for treatment. They are listed in critical condition, and police say the person is a witness to the crime.

Jim Elser says he's owned his business next door to Schelmety's auto shop for two years.

"It was just like, you got to be kidding me," Elser said. "I left on Thursday, I had just talked to him.”

Elser said Schelmety and his wife, who was often at the business, were kind and always willing to help.

“I don’t think it’s random," Elser said. "By the looks of it and by hearing what went on, I think it was targeted, but who knows."

Police late Saturday published several photos to the department's Facebook page hoping to identify a vehicle of interest.

In surveillance video shown to him by his landlord, Elser says the truck can be seen sitting outside the shop for several minutes before Schelmety and a second person walked outside.

“They pulled in kind of strategically and then they waited for the garage door to open and then started to fire," he said.

Anyone who might have information is asked to call Detective Tim McDonald at (863) 834-8955 or email him at

People who would like to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward can contact Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida at 1-800-226-TIPS.

10News reporter Josh Sidorowicz contributed to this report.

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