Deputies apprehend suspects in juvenile shooting

Press release from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, June 24, the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) responded to a mass shooting at the American Legion Hall in Gainesville. GPD’s investigation revealed that several juveniles had been shot and that the suspects had stolen a car and fled the scene.

Deputies with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office located the stolen vehicle at the 9000 block of West Newberry Road and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspects fled and a pursuit was initiated. Deputies deployed stop sticks during the pursuit and were able to deflate one of the front tires. The vehicle pursuit ended at the entrance to Cabana Beach Apartments, where the suspects then fled on foot.

Deputies were able to apprehend the driver, who was identified as 14-year-old Jakarean Ford. The passenger, 17-year old Javari Baptiste, fled into the complex but was also taken into custody after the establishment of a perimeter and assistance from K-9 and the Aviation Unit. Deputies also recovered a stolen 9mm handgun and ski mask used in the shooting.

Both Baptiste and Ford were taken to the Gainesville Police Department for questioning before being transported to the Juvenile Detention Center. Baptiste was charged with attempted murder by the Gainesville Police Department and Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Resisting without Violence by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Ford was charged with Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Driver License, and felony Possession of Marijuana.

  • Glad these thugs were apprehended and hopefully will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Again, where were the parents?

    Don’t be fooled by the liberal BS. It wasn’t the firearm that jumped in the car, drove across town, pulled it’s trigger, got back in the car, drove back across town, ignored law enforcement efforts to stop it, jumped out and fled to avoid being apprehended.

    THIS GUN WAS STOLEN! Guns don’t commit crimes, people do. Criminals do. Defund the police? Just think if one of these thugs would have broken into your home and tried to hide or take one of your family members hostage.

    On the brighter side, King Poe and his jesters can be proud…at least one of the alleged perpetrators was wearing a mask.

  • Liberal Left has nothing to do with bad behavior- Quit labeling people while you call them names. And the parents? If they work where i work they may have been working a double or triple shift for the 3rd to 4th day in a row. Got your answer now?

    • Nope. Is that the answer you’re looking for. What other “label” would you prefer? Murderer, sorry, attempted murderer? Villain? Or do you want to blame it on social injustice? Why don’t you really wake up?

      Doesn’t matter how you want to sugar coat it, it was a horrendous crime that was meant to harm others. Not some schoolyard prank. Since you probably don’t pay much attention to the national news, this same type of action has been happening increasingly more in liberal minded cities. See Chicago, NYC, or Baltimore.

      If the parents were working a double or triple shift as you say, maybe they should have seen to it their child had some kind of supervision. Better yet, what gave the child the idea that that action was okay? Something was missing or the kids were just evil. You choose. Where I come from, 14 and 17 year olds aren’t stealing cars and driving across the city to shoot other kids at 10:30 P.M.

      Some times people like yourself don’t like it when the truth is explained to them.

  • While there ‘may’ be some leftists with what the rest of us call “good character”, it is the side of the spectrum that attracts all the degenerates. Lying, cheating, stealing, raping, murdering…. it’s all good clean fun for many of them. They are perfectly aware of it, and that’s why they can’t trust each other to be honest about whether they’ve been vaccinated and don’t need to wear masks, for example. Similarly, they have to act like all men are rapists because they hang around a bunch of potential rapists in their own circles of friends. Antifa would love it if the cops went away and they could exercise mob rule by a bunch of insane people. Antifa = Leftist, of course. These kids are products of a broken leftist system. They are likely being raised (along with MANY others) to act as ‘victim’ government entitlement sponges in this post-slave-town intellectual ghetto.

  • These juveniles need to be tried as adults! These are
    Serious crimes and innocent neighbors need to be
    Protected from these criminals…probably black on black
    Crime…lock them up for 20 years because Black Lives Matter…All lives matter too except these criminals’!

  • First, great work by ASO and GPD! Second, One Hundred Percent guarantee that these two have NEVER finished their homework and sat down to dinner with a set of married parents. Parents?? Yes, that’s the key. A short life guide…
    1. Finish High School
    2. Find a job
    3. Get married
    4. Then, have kids.

    • Having children is a big & personal responsibility…
      There are Plenty of people who can’t take care of themselves that are
      Bringing kids into this world. 1. Rubbers are cheap.
      2. Don’t breed them if you can’t feed them. 3. It’s
      The parents job of bringing up, educating, and paying
      For their kids. Maybe send their parents to jail too.

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