GPD makes arrest after man shoots at woman driving by his house

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gainesville Police have arrested Paul Pacheco (53) and will charge him with three counts of Attempted Homicide, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and two counts of Animal Cruelty in connection with this afternoon’s shooting.

The victim told officers that she was driving back and forth on the street because she was looking for her missing cat. As she drove along NW 8th Avenue, her vehicle was hit by several rounds that shattered several windows in her SUV.

When taken into custody, Pacheco told officers that he fired at the vehicle because it kept driving past his house. The victim had non-life-threatening injuries but had cuts to her face from the glass. A baby in the car was not hurt.

There were also seven cats in the vehicle; two were shot and one died. Animal Control responded and took the rest of the cats to the shelter.

Original release: Police are on the scene of a 4:06 p.m. shooting where a suspect fired several shots from his home in the 900 block of NW 11th Avenue, striking a moving vehicle with a woman, infant, and cats inside. The woman was transported to the hospital with injuries from shattered glass, but thankfully no one was hit by bullets. Nearby homes were also hit by bullets. The shooter is in custody at this time.

Updated at 9:45 p.m.

  • So many people have guns. Spread the equity, give her one and tie him to that tree so she can practice.

  • Just for clarification…does the 40 day window for filing charges begin today, (it was after 4 P.M.), or tomorrow?
    Asking for a friend.

    • To calculate the time you have to actually read the rules of judicial administration, not criminal procedure. The clock starts the day after the arrest, which is crazy. The day after the arrest is the 1st day that is counted towards the 40 days within which the prosecutor has to file charges

      • Thanks! The SAO may want to take some time away from March Madness to stop the community madness before the filing date lapses.

      • You could also refer to the actual rule- Rule 3.134, Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure. The 40 days starts on the date of the arrest.

  • pass the court house go head straight to prison for life get this idiot off the streets and no i do care if he has mental illness

  • This is so crazy. The guy who lived there always gave me an uneasy feeling. I live near here and walk past here daily.

    • I live a block away and often drove by there, too. I recall him sitting on front steps recently looking scary. But he was with someone else too, then.

      • i never saw him with anyone but would often see him sitting on the screened porch.. just crazy this happened, so many people drive/walk by daily, including kids.

  • So… GPD will arrest someone for shooting at a car, which I am against, from their yard, but ASO does NOTHING if you shoot towards a Church or a Christian School, when people are outside, from your yard.. instead the law enforcement states its his land and he can shoot if he wants.

    • You may want to read the Florida statutes before criticizing Alachua SO they are right in the state of Florida if you have a acre of land and your the only house on That acre you can have a shooting range as long as the projectile stays on your property even in the city of Gainesville as low as it’s a acre in size

    • A]ny person who knowingly discharges a firearm in any public place or on the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street, who knowingly discharges any firearm over the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street or over any occupied premises, or who recklessly or negligently discharges a firearm outdoors on any property used primarily as the site of a dwelling as defined in s. 776.013 or zoned exclusively for residential use commits a misdemeanor of the first degree . . .”

      • The relevant Florida statute is 790.15
        Residents, homeowners, and lawful gun owners can not shoot firearms on the private property of homes in residential neighborhoods where the land is less than one acre.

        However, with gated communities or ‘zero lot land,’ things are different. You cannot shoot in your backyard unless:

        the land is 1.25 acres
        have one home (or more)
        and your surrounding neighbors have one acre or more

  • This is irrelevant to the crime committed… but who drives around with SEVEN cats in their vehicle!?

  • Drugs! Ingesting drugs, smoking weed, shooting up…..drugs used year after year; changing your perception of the world, getting ‘high’…..all change your brain chemistry. Do this long enough and now we have people with strange ideas and actions; harming old ladies, shooting at cars, passengers screaming in an aircraft, people standing on a busy street…just standing and staring; fixed into another reality….assaulting people you don’t even know…..WHY? Why do this to yourselves? Sad……

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