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Man arrested with gun denies involvement in Sweetwater Square shooting

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tyrese Jahlyle Pearsall-Nixon, 22, was arrested yesterday and charged with carrying a concealed firearm without a permit and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana after officers stopped his car in connection with the shooting at Sweetwater Square apartments on Saturday night.

Numerous 911 calls were received at 10:22 p.m. Saturday night about multiple gunshots and a person who had been shot at 3101 NE 15th Street. Officers were directly in front of the complex at the time, heard the gunshots, and responded immediately. Witnesses and on-scene security told the officers that a gray Dodge Challenger was involved in the shooting, and officers followed the car north on NE 15th Street and pulled it over without incident.

The driver, later identified as Pearsall-Nixon, was asked to get out of the car, and the car was searched. Officers reportedly found a Glock handgun box in plain view on the passenger seat and noticed the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Officers also reportedly found a handgun under the driver’s seat with a magazine that held 31 rounds; 27 rounds were in the magazine. Officers also reported finding two bags of marijuana, with a total weight of 6.4 grams, and a bag with a substance later identified as “crumble,” which is a wax concentrate of cannabis.

Post Miranda, Pearsall-Nixon reportedly denied any involvement with the shooting and said he fled when he heard the gunshots. He reportedly said he had just taken a concealed weapons class but had not yet applied for his permit. He also reportedly admitted that the marijuana and “crumble” were his.

Pearsall-Nixon has no criminal history; Judge Walter Green set bail at $8,000 and added a release condition that he cannot possess firearms.

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. 

    • He didn’t exactly let him out, no criminal history & an $8000 bond sounds kind of about right, may be a little low

  • Section 8 rentals are designed to foster, breed and multiply crime. In order to pay off law skool student loans for lawyers and judges faster. Fact.

  • Don’t they break out the GSR test in a situation like that? (Gun shot residue)

    • That’s a large magazine for that Glock…this guy sounds like a wannabe gangsta drug dealer who got off light. Does he have a legitimate job besides selling dope?

  • Not going to say if he’s guilt or not guilty, (in connection with the shooting). What’s quite common is for people to claim they’re not guilty when they are. (See Biden family and Trump family denials.)
    I am curious as to the reason he was carrying a handgun without a permit. Having just taken the class, he obviously knew that was a requirement.
    By the way, if you need that many rounds carrying, might as well surrender, you’re a terrible marksman.

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