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.

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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.