Juvenile shooting victim dropped off at Verdant Cove Apartments was shot in east Gainesville

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – At 3:18 p.m. today, neighbors in the area of 2600 E. University Ave called 911 to report hearing several gunshots. GPD Officers immediately responded and located shell casings, indicating that a shooting had occurred.

A short time later, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of SE 10th Place and SE 43rd St. in Verdant Cove after receiving reports of a person shot. Responding Deputies located a juvenile victim with a gunshot wound. Due to his injuries, he was transported to the hospital. Deputies also located an involved vehicle in the nearby area. It was quickly ascertained that the juvenile victim was in a vehicle that had been in the area where the shots were fired.

The initial investigation revealed that the juvenile victim was in a vehicle with several other juveniles. As they drove through the area of 2600 E. University Ave, an unknown subject fired several shots at the vehicle, striking the juvenile victim.

GPD Detectives are actively investigating this case, therefore initial information is limited. Anyone with information is asked to contact GPD Detectives at 352-393-7670 or remain anonymous by reporting tips to the Alachua County Crime Stoppers at www.stopcrime.tv.

Thank you to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office for assisting in the investigation.

  • All these ghetto dudes wanna be thugs

    You can blame the homes and the culture for that

    • Can you please further explain?

      If you are talking about fatherless houses, well there is that in other communities.

      And most of these parents are busting their butts to make ends meet, in this community. (Yes I am here where that happened)

      • You can thank the liberal leadership for making it more difficult to make any ends meet.
        They raise utility rates and raise taxes.
        Some on this forum will say those communities of color asked for that. I think and hope they’re wrong but election results say otherwise.

        Maybe they talk good talk to get elected and then they don’t care what anyone says. That’s what their actions indicate.

        • I’m not fond of the liberal leadership and their jacked-up rates and taxes either, but why not also lay the blame on apartment complexes increasing their rent annually as well? I don’t know how people can afford to rent an apartment anymore.

          • You must not have seen the memo.
            The rent increases are a direct result of landlords having to charge more to cover the costs of locally imposed codes to save the planet. That combined with increased utility rates and simple supply and demand = unaffordable costs of living.

  • Will these and other suspects be invited to the Gun Violence powwow soon? It’d be nice to hear their excuses.

    • They are… I certainly plan on going and taking my older son…so he can participate in the youth townhall.

      • We need more involved parents like you, obviously. Keep up the good work!

  • There they go again…..why are the guns on the eastside & section 8 becoming so violent compared to the guns on the westside of town?

  • Drivin thru 2600 East and a ‘dude’ started shootun at us. Uh huh, as Paul Harvey said, “The rest of the story please.”
    Crime rate soars every summer when school is out.
    Maybe use that $6.5 million grant for the airport to curb the gang violence.

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