Man arrested in shooting at Santa Fe Crossing Apartments

Terrnarian Mills


Terrnarian Marte’l Mills, 33, was arrested yesterday after two victims were shot at the Santa Fe Crossing apartment complex.

At about 2:00 p.m. on July 24, an Alachua County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of shots fired at Building 9 of Santa Fe Crossing Apartments. The responding deputy found 2 victims, one of whom was pregnant, in an apartment. A person matching the description of the suspect (Mills) was observed in the parking lot and was taken into custody. A Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun was located near the suspect on the sidewalk. Both victims were transported to Shands Hospital with injuries.

One of the victims, who was interviewed as she was about to go into surgery for a gunshot wound to the abdomen, identified Mills as the shooter. The male victim shares custody of a child with the female victim, and the female victim was dropping off the child when Mills showed up.

After being read his rights, Mills said he suspected that he had left his wallet in the female victim’s car, so he tracked her with a phone application to the apartment complex. He also admitted to pushing and scuffling with the female victim near the doorway of the apartment. After the male victim produced a gun, Mills apparently shot both victims, although he claimed to be only aiming at the male victim, then left the apartment and called 911.

Mills is charged with using a 2-way device to facilitate a felony, burglary with assault or battery, attempted first degree murder, and aggravated battery on a victim who he knew or should have known to be pregnant.

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