Arrest made in Wawa homicide


Updated at 6:15 p.m.

Zamonte Demetri Hartsfield, 21, was arrested this afternoon and charged with murder, attempted felony murder, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the arrest report, Hartsfield fired a handgun multiple times into a vehicle at the Wawa at 1007 E. University Avenue last night at about 9:00 p.m., striking the passenger three times and killing him. Another bullet struck the headrest behind the driver’s head, and the driver had to duck to avoid being shot in the head.

The driver of the car said he had been meeting with the homicide victim to collect money and sell him marijuana. After the passenger got into the car, Hartsfield allegedly approached the car and held a handgun to the passenger’s head through the driver’s side front window. The driver said that after Hartsfield fired into the car, he tried to hide while Hartsfield continued to shoot into the car. A passenger in the rear seat of the car returned fire at Hartsfield, shooting him twice. Surveillance video matches the accounts from the driver of the car and a witness.

Post Miranda, Hartsfield reportedly changed his story multiple times but admitted it was “a drug deal gone wrong” and that he had “lost” the handgun somewhere near the Wawa.

The investigation is ongoing, and detectives continue to follow up on leads and conduct interviews. Anyone who has information concerning this incident is asked to contact GPD Detective Williams at 352-393-7681 or 352-642-3363. You can also remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867 or https://www.stopcrime.tv/.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • I’m glad that this murderer was apprehended. Too bad his prior experience committing a felony crime didn’t teach him a lesson. I hope that he will actually be held accountable for taking the life of another human being, and that our society will be protected from his lawless attitude, and disrespect for human life.
    But, I’m not holding my breath.
    Living in a blue city, no matter that it’s a small “southern college town,” means that we get to observe, and respond to the horrible policies and corruption of the Left.
    Don’t go downtown after dark…

  • Always sad to see this. You know, this promising young man coulda been Obama’s son.

    • And you’re a poor excuse as your mothers son. Such an unnecessary comment.

    • Doug Savoy…..that’s funny. I was thinking the same thing after I read an article about Dylan Roof…..oh wait Dylan Roof could have been Trump’s son.

    • Doug, you are mistaken. Obama said that “Trevon
      Martin could have been his son”…is Michelle a trans woman? Nothing wrong with that…
      There’s a video with her dancing on a show with something poking out her pants…it was an Ellen Degenerate episode…

      • Well, men who feel like woman shouldn’t be competing against real women in sports, but that’s going off topic of this thug committing murder on his own people…he will spend the rest of his life in jail.
        We need social justice murals in the parks to
        Help stop the black on black crime…this is senseless.

    • He probably has an angry entitled mama who throws fits when she doesn’t get her way. Pretty standard for Gangsville.

  • I am shocked that all the gun control laws didn’t stop this guy from having a gun. Maybe criminals will obey the laws if we put even more gun control on the books. (pretzel logic from Moms Demand and Everytown)

  • I want to know more about the passenger in the back
    seat that shot Hartsfield twice…is that considered self
    Defense when you’re engaged in an illegal drug deal?
    It’s as easy to get a weed card as it is to get a pack of
    Cigarettes these days…they need to put up some social
    Justice murals on the east side of town that say: “ drug dealing and illegal guns will get you 10,20, life…don’t do it! Zero tolerance”.

    • do you really think that social justice murals are the answer, or are you being cynical?

      • The city commission used your tax money on social justice murals…
        If you don’t like it, tell them to not spend our tax money on them. A mural on NW 8th Ave at that
        Park across from A Quinn Jones had a mural of a
        Black guy wearing a face mask with his hands up with the
        Capitol in the backyard…I thought it was creepy &
        Not appropriate. I called it “submission to control”…
        It was recently defaced with Trump written on it…probably was done by social justice types and
        Blaming Trump like the Jussie Smollett big lie for

  • He didn’t kill that man whoever was in the back seat shooting shot that man not hartsfield they where home boys

  • Lots of toothless cousin kissing hillbillies in the comment section here. Good to know diabetes will take the rest of you that COVID didnt get.

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