BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Eric Denard Ricks, Jr., 20, was arrested last night after reporting that he had been shot.
At about 9:48 p.m., Ricks reported that he had driven to the Chevron at 1516 E. University Avenue and then returned to his home on SE 21st Street; when he arrived at his home, he said he saw a car turn around and stop beside his SUV, and then someone shot multiple rounds into his vehicle, hitting him in the lower back.
While he was being attended to by first responders before being transported to the emergency room, a presumptive gun shot residue (GSR) test was run on his hands, and the result was positive. The responding Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officer ran his criminal history and found that Ricks had been adjudicated delinquent for felony grand theft auto in 2018 and was prohibited from possessing firearms.
Although no gun was found in a search of the area, including the use of a K-9 unit, Ricks has been charged with tampering with physical evidence and possession of a firearm by a delinquent. The report notes that Ricks, whose street name is “E-Money,” is “possibly a 4K Gang member” and is a suspect in an earlier shooting. He is being held on $37,000 bail, which includes $2,000 for failure to appear on a previous case.
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.