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GPD makes arrests in juvenile shooting incident

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

On Friday, June 25, 2021, the Gainesville Police Department made four arrests in connection to the juvenile shooting incident that took place on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the American Legion located at 4701 NW 6th Street, where five juveniles were shot, one with critical injuries and four with non-life-threatening injuries.

GPD’s Criminal Intelligence Unit apprehended Christian T. Jones (DOB: 04/20/2005) and charged him with Attempted Felony Murder and Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Jarquez Kerreim Mitchell (DOB: 11/05/2003) and charged him with Aggravated Assault and Carrying a Concealed Firearm.

These arrests followed the earlier arrest of Jakaren Ford (DOB: 07/30/2006) for Accessory After the Fact, and Javari Baptiste (DOB: 06/19/2004) for Attempted Felony Murder and Possession of a Firearm/Weapon by a Delinquent Under 24 Years of Age.

This swift resolution was made possible by the combined efforts of every facet of the Department, from the initial Patrol Division response to the contributions of the Criminal Intelligence Unit, ending in charges being filed by the Investigations Division. GPD’s staff worked around the clock to identify and locate those responsible for this tragic event.

If anyone has additional information about this incident, please contact the GPD Detectives Bureau at 352- 393-7710 or Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867 or www.stopcrime.tv

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  • Six arrests so far, are they going to arrest the 5 that were shot? What was the stupidity about? Sounds like
    Gang stuff…how many stolen guns? They should all be tried as adults because to have a handgun legally, you have
    To be at least 21 and not a felon or mentally incompetent. To carry one on your person, you need
    To have a permit and be 21. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time…this bunch needs to do hard time…
    Not released back into the population until the department of Corrections has rehabilitated them.
    This ain’t no video game…

  • Did the new e-scooters (they would have turned off about 30 minutes before this happened) help to facilitate these misdeeds? Is that why they had to steal a car to get away – because the scooters had turned off? If it seems like I’m not giving them much credit for being able to think ahead, that’s probably right.

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