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GPD requesting help in investigating downtown homicide

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

On Sunday, September 5, 2021, at approximately 2:00 a.m., while patrolling the downtown area, several Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officers heard multiple gunshots near the gravel parking lot at 238 West University Avenue. Numerous vehicles and crowds of people immediately began fleeing at the sounds of gunfire.

Shortly thereafter, a victim stumbled into NW 1st Avenue, requesting help before he collapsed. GPD officers immediately pulled him behind cover and began treating his gunshot wounds using their trauma kit supplies. Other officers held cover positions while managing disturbances that were erupting in the immediate area.

The victim was treated by GPD officers until EMS responded, when they continued life-saving efforts. The victim was transported to UF Health Shands Trauma Unit, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Gainesville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s help in identifying anyone involved with this incident. If you have any information relating to this incident, please immediately contact GPD Detective Sergeant David Blizzard at 352-393-7710 or GPD Detective Corporal Warren Meek at 352-393-7659. You can also remain anonymous by contacting Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 353-372- 7867 or www.stopcrime.tv.

GPD extends its deepest sympathies to the victim’s family and friends.

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