18-year-old woman arrested in shooting of 12-year-old

Quashaunti Aloney Samuel


18-year-old Quashaunti Aloney Samuel was arrested this evening on a charge of attempted first degree murder; she is accused of shooting a 12-year-old early Tuesday morning.

According to the sworn complaint, deputies from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ASO) responded to the 6900 block of SW 6th Place (Holly Heights neighborhood) at 1:03 a.m. on June 29 after receiving reports of gunshots in the area. Gunshots were heard again at 1:07 a.m. Deputies located one gunshot victim, a 12-year-old male, with multiple gunshot wounds, and arranged for transportation to UF Health Shands.

A witness provided surveillance video from the outside of his apartment, and the video showed three suspects, two wearing face masks and one without a face mask. The video also provided audio, on which could be heard a voice that sounded female and “clear audio of approximately 6 gunshots immediately after the three suspects walk away from the camera.” The time on the video was approximately 1:07 a.m., matching the time of the reported gunshots.

Another witness volunteered that they had heard a name of one of the suspects: “Quashaunti,” a young black female with short hair who possibly lived in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred.

When a detective interviewed the victim, the victim confirmed there were multiple shooters and that the only one he saw was a female with short hair. He also said that after the female shot first, she said, “Shoot him in the head” to her companions.

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Deputies found 11 spent shell casings from three different caliber firearms: a .380 handgun, a .40 Cal handgun, and a 9mm handgun.

The victim positively identified Quashaunti Samuel from a photo line-up. The detective filed a sworn complaint, a warrant for Samuel’s arrest was issued, and Samuel was arrested today. The warrant specifies that she be held on $500,000 bail.