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Four gun-related incidents over the weekend

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

The Gainesville Police Department (GPD) responded to 4 separate gun-related incidents over the weekend. These incidents continue the growing trend of shootings, armed robberies, and shots fired that the City of Gainesville, as well as other cities in Florida and around the country are currently experiencing.

On Friday, September 25, 2020, at approximately 5:15 p.m., GPD officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of NE 17th Drive in reference to calls of an armed disturbance. After arriving to the scene, officers located the suspects identified as being involved in the disturbance and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle the suspects were in; the suspects then fled on foot. The officers chased the suspects to the 1900 block of NE 21st Place. After surrounding the residence, the suspects Cameron Morten (DOB: 10/31/01) and Jaquez McDavid (DOB: 09/28/98) exited the residence and were arrested. Morten was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, probation violation, and resisting without violence. McDavid was charged with trafficking MDMA, possession of a firearm by a delinquent, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a substance with intent to distribute, and resisting without violence.

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On Saturday, September 26, 2020, at approximately 2:45 a.m., GPD officers responded to 1005 W. University Avenue (Subway) in reference to a person shot. While conducting crowd control on foot in the parking lot of 1024 W. University Avenue (Chevron), GPD officers heard gunshots and observed a crowd fleeing from the parking lot of Subway. Officers located one victim (juvenile) with a single gunshot wound to his upper chest. Officers immediately rendered aid while pushing back the crowd. The second victim got in a car and asked for a ride to the hospital. Aid was then rendered to the second victim. Both victims were transported to UF Health – SHANDS and are in stable condition. Multiple witnesses, along with the victims, identified 2 shooting suspects, both juveniles. One of the juvenile suspects was apprehended by Alachua County Sheriff Office deputies. The other juvenile suspect has not been located at this time. GPD detectives are following up on several leads on the location of the second juvenile.

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, at approximately 10:32 a.m., GPD officers were dispatched to 1720 SW 37th Street (Varsity House Apartments) in reference to an armed robbery. The suspect, who forced his way into the victim’s residence, pointed a firearm at the victim and threatened to shoot her. The suspect, later identified as Kantrez Mayberry (DOB: 08/07/2000), stole several personal property items. A warrant for Mayberry’s arrest has been made for burglary of an occupied structure, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and grand theft III. As of this time, Mayberry has not been located. GPD detectives continue to follow up on several leads relating to Mayberry’s location.

On Sunday, September 27, 2020, at approximately 5:37 p.m., multiple GPD units responded to a domestic disturbance at 2811 SW Archer Road (Brandywine Apartments). Several witnesses observed a suspect making physical contact with a victim in the midst of an argument; he was later observed to be in possession of a firearm. The victim was able to flee, at which time the suspect barricaded himself inside an apartment. A contact team of SWAT, EST, and patrol officers was formed. Announcements on the scene were handled by a GPD NRT member. The suspect, Shaquille Simmons (DOB: 01/10/1994), got in contact with several family and friends who showed up to the scene. NRT made contact with Simmons via phone through family members. Eventually, Simmons complied and came out. He was taken into custody and transported to GPD where he was later arrested and charged for domestic aggravated assault, domestic battery, and possession of a firearm by a state convicted felon.

GPD continues to aggressively address all of the violent gun-related incidents occurring in Gainesville. We have made several recent arrests relating to these incidents and ask, once again, for our neighbors to remain vigilant and contact 911 as soon as possible if you see or hear something that concerns you.

If anyone has information about the shooting at 1005 W. University Avenue (Subway) or 1720 SW 37th Street (Varsity House Apartments) on September 26, 2020, please contact GPD Detectives at 352-393-7670, or remain anonymous by reporting information to Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7687 or https://www.stopcrime.tv/.