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Georgia man arrested for attempted homicide after Harbor Cove shooting

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Julius Lee Caldwell, 27, of Georgia, was arrested last night and charged with attempted homicide following a shooting at Harbor Cove Apartments.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies responded at 4:39 p.m. yesterday to multiple reports of a person shot at Harbor Cove Apartments and found a victim on the ground with a gunshot wound to his leg. The victim was transported to an emergency room under a trauma alert.

Caldwell had reportedly been staying in an apartment there for several weeks and was arguing with a woman outside that apartment when he went inside and came out with a handgun. He then allegedly fired the handgun at the victim multiple times, striking him once in the leg, then reportedly fled the scene on foot.

A witness on scene gave a description to deputies, and surveillance footage was retrieved from a nearby camera that provided a clear view of the incident. The video reportedly shows the victim standing outside, then Caldwell approaches, pulls the handgun from his pocket, and fires at the victim multiple times. After the victim fell to the ground, Caldwell reportedly continued moving toward him and continued firing the handgun at him. He allegedly fired the handgun 8 times before walking away.

A bullet also reportedly struck an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot, leading to a charge of firing a missile into an unoccupied vehicle.

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Less than an hour after receiving the call, deputies reportedly located Caldwell at the corner of Tower Road and West University, and he was arrested. Post Miranda, he refused to speak with law enforcement.

Caldwell has multiple felony convictions in the state of Georgia and is not permitted to possess firearms. He has been charged with attempted first degree homicide, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and firing a missile into a vehicle. He is being held on a combined $1 million bail on all the charges.

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. 

  • Can’t help but notice a common thread amongst these arrestees. I am so thankful I did not follow through on my plan to retire to the Gainesville area.

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