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Four arrested on attempted homicide charges after allegedly shooting into downtown crowd

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Joseph J Cromwell III, 25, Austin Gregory Dow, 23, Akwan Naziek Sincir Osborne, 23, and Jeremiah Charles White, 23, all of Gainesville, were arrested early this morning after allegedly shooting into a crowd of hundreds of people in downtown Gainesville after the bars closed.

At 2:34 a.m. this morning, Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officers were clearing out the downtown area after the bars closed when the occupants of a passing silver Kia Soul reportedly fired approximately 15 shots into the crowd and in the direction of the officers. According to a statement from GPD, people in the crowd panicked and ran away, at least one vehicle was hit in the rear windshield, two officers had to duck for cover, and other officers immediately tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle drove away, and a pursuit was authorized.

Moments later, the Kia crashed at 3100 N. Main Street, and officers established a perimeter after the occupants fled. A GPD K-9 was able to find the four defendants and two firearms. No injuries were reported as a result of the gunshots, vehicle pursuit, or crash.

Cromwell has been charged with attempted first degree homicide, firing a weapon into a vehicle or building, firing a weapon from a vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash involving damage, and resisting arrest without violence. He has three prior felony convictions and was released from state prison on July 5, 2022, after serving a sentence of one year and one month for selling marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and obstructing justice. He is being held without bond.

Dow has been charged with attempted first degree homicide, firing a weapon into a vehicle or building, firing a weapon from a vehicle, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and resisting arrest without violence. Dow also has an open sworn complaint accusing him of attempted homicide on March 14, 2022. He has eight felony convictions in addition to a juvenile history. He has served two state prison terms and was last released from prison in December of 2021. He is being held without bond.

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Osborne has been charged with attempted first degree homicide, firing a weapon from a vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and resisting arrest without violence. He has no criminal history, but charges of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing an altered firearm were dropped last year. He is being held without bond.

White has been charged with attempted first degree homicide, firing a weapon into a vehicle or building, firing a weapon from a vehicle, and resisting arrest without violence. He has a juvenile history and has been convicted of 11 felonies as an adult. He was most recently sentenced to six months in county jail for violating probation in June of 2021. He is being held without bail.

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. 

  • The usual suspects doin what da be doin. Any chance the Alachua county DA does something to keep these repeat offenders from their law breaking wilding ways?

  • Before you get pissed at this punk puzzy wannabe gangsters.. yes lock they azz up no question.. but again we have to take a looooooooong look at THE SYSTEM.. if a kid can commit 11 felonies and not be put away for life then wtf is going on?? All of them except one( which we knoooooow) had a extensive record that continued as Adults.. Florida has been a Republican run state 4 a while soooo let’s not blame Dems.. this isn’t a left or right issue..Crime affects us all.. We as All Floridians have to address this.. career criminals shouldn’t be on the street

    • You got that right, GZ. We need to be looking at this because putting a 20 year old wannabe into prison for a couple years isn’t going to wise him up the least bit. The law needs to take into account that every day the three felons will be separated from society is one less innocent person that’s going to be victimized.

    • Besides the fact that you most likely dont work with juveniles and dont understand how the system works you are ignorant to think that 11 felonies of which sort..is unknown. You can be a black man an it’s easy to have you labeled more harsh than a white man so yeah charges are trumped on the brother but how many times have we seen a white rapist get away with the same thing a black rapist didnt. This world is prejudice and instead of having somewhere to help kids before they get in too deep society is trying to keep cops employed. FTS and all of their antics people get tired of being looked down on

    • Florida may be republican run, but Gainesville is the big blue thimbprint in the middle of the state…is and has been run by the most liberal of liberals for years and getting worse!

  • People who were at bars are normally home well before 2:34 AM. The cops must have been dealing with all the people taking advantage of the lack of open container law and the trouble they bring.

  • It’d be nice to know the judges and DAs, defense lawyers who let these losers out so soon before this incident.

  • Poor white guy was caught drinking the Kool-Aid, I promise you he doesn’t hang with that segment of the population in state prison, the politics work a little different behind those walls.

  • Hundreds of People aout at 2:30 am on a Sunday Night. Hmmm probably not working class taxpayers that have to pay for Gainesville City Commisioners Party Law. Thanks Harvey Ward and Aereola.

  • ik these kids went to high school w them and lemme tell u i’m not surprised

  • The Social Contract is the idea that all governments exist to protect their citizens and have no authority but what the people give them. Governments implicitly demand compliance with this unsigned “contract”. I’d say that the City of Gainesville is obviously in breach.

  • Cops arrive at the scene after the crime. Judge allowed the punk criminals to roam free.

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