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Juvenile charged with attempted murder in January shooting near Sunrise Food Mart

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Curtis L. Graham III, 16, has been charged as an adult with attempted second degree murder and carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.

According to the incident report, at 1:05 p.m. on January 19, Graham and the victim, a 21-year-old man, passed each other while riding bicycles near the intersection of NE 23rd Avenue and NE 15th Street. According to a witness, the victim said something to Graham about how Graham looked at him, then stopped and asked Graham if he wanted to fight. Graham then allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim. According to the witness, the victim said, “You win” and put his hands up.

The witness said that Graham then said, “No, I run this block” and that Graham then fired at least five shots at the victim, hitting him in the abdomen. Graham then fled the scene, while the victim and the witness ran to the Sunrise Food Mart store and asked the clerk to call police.

Video surveillance from the Sunrise Food Mart store showed Graham at the store on his bicycle moments before the shooting; the video also showed the victim and the witness riding past the store before the shooting and then running into the store after the shooting.

A few days after the shooting, another witness contacted law enforcement and told them Graham was involved in the shooting and was “scared” and thinking about turning himself in.

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The victim and witness both claimed that the victim was not armed. The victim said he had been willing to fight Graham but had said, “Whoa” when he saw the gun.

Law enforcement had previously had contact with Graham in November of 2021 and noted that the jacket he had worn during that incident matched the jacket seen on the Sunrise Food Mart surveillance video. During the previous incident, they were told that Graham carries a gun, but they did not find a gun in Graham’s possession at that time.

Graham was arrested on January 19 and charged as an adult on February 14. He was moved to the Alachua County Jail on February 17 and is being held on $300,000 bail.

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. 

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