GAINESVILLE, FL - July 3, 2020 - According to an online news report published on Gainesville.com, two people were shot on Friday in southwest Gainesville, Florida, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. The news report states that two men were arrested in the shootings. The two suspects, a 26-year-old male, and a 25-year-old male, are both from Gainesville, Florida. The two were charged with several charges, including attempted murder. The double shooting happened at approximately 9:21 p.m. in the Tower Oaks neighborhood, according to Sgt. Frank Kinsey.
The report states that two individuals were in a Chrysler 200 when an auto pulled up next to the Chrysler 200. Then an individual inside the car that pulled up fired a gun into the Chrysler, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. One of the victims provided a description of the shooter´s automobile and stated that the car was a black Dodge Challenger.
An Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputy was nearby and saw the black Dodge Challenger on Tower Road. The black Dodge Challenger was pulled over by the black Dodge Challenger. Law enforcement officers discovered numerous firearms, multiple rounds of ammunition, and empty shell casings inside the car they were in. According to the articles, the attack did not occur at a large gathering or a party.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reported that the female victim stated that one of the shooters made threats concerning a belief that the other shooting victim stole one of the shooters firearm. The driver of the black Dodge Challenger allegedly stated to Alachua County Sheriff’s Office that he was the driver in the black Dodge Challenger, and he pulled up next to the Chrysler 200.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office arrest report asserts that the driver of the black Dodge Challenger stated the other suspect “somewhat unexpectedly” stretched into the back seat for a Draco AK 47 gun and the fired many rounds into the victim´s Chrysler 200. Dracos are AK 47-style handguns that are semi-automatic. The driver was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder. The other defendant is charged with multiple felonies including, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, firing into a dwelling, and two counts of attempted murder, firing into a dwelling, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to Gainesville.com, the crime rate in Florida and Alachua County fell in 2019, according to statistical data collected by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Alachua County’s drop-in criminal activity in 2019 was 7.7%, as reported by the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. This decline exceeds that of the Florida statewide drop of 4.6%. However, the number of burglaries and robberies declined, but vehicle thefts, aggravated assaults, and thefts increased slightly. One category that fell is murder.