GPD investigating homicide in downtown parking garage

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

On May, 1, 2022, at approximately 2:00 a.m., while Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officers were conducting an increased patrol in the downtown parking garage (105 SW 3rd Street), a neighbor notified officers on the scene that there was a shooting in the garage and that there was a bullet hole in their vehicle. Simultaneously, officers began searching the garage for victims as callers began reporting a shooting in the garage. Officers then discovered a male victim on the second floor with an apparent gunshot wound. A bystander was rendering aid to the victim when officers took over and continued to render aid until EMS arrived. The victim was transported to UF Health Shands and pronounced deceased a short time later.

The initial investigation indicates there was a verbal altercation between two groups of individuals that turned physical. During this altercation two individuals produced firearms, and shots were fired. The victim, who was in a physical altercation with another subject, was struck by gunfire.

GPD detectives have interviewed several witnesses directly involved in the incident.

This remains an ongoing investigation, and GPD is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact GPD Det. Russano at 352-393-7719 or RussanoDB@cityofgainesville.org. Or you can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 352-377-4141 or www.stopcrime.tv.