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Two teens arrested after shooting at Pavilion on 62nd

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Ajaquan Malik Walker, 19, and a 16-year-old male were arrested on Monday following a shooting at Pavilion on 62nd Apartments at 1000 SW 62nd Blvd.

According to the arrest report, Gainesville Police Department officers were called to a shooting at the apartment complex around 8:50 p.m. Officers learned that Walker and the juvenile were involved in a verbal argument with a third person, who had learned that the two were planning to rob his friend who lived at the apartment complex.

A woman was standing nearby, holding her baby, while the three argued. She told officers that she also knew about the planned robbery and had tried to persuade the two to not go through with it.

The altercation reportedly escalated, and the male victim ran away from Walker and the juvenile, toward his parked vehicle. At that point, Walker allegedly shot at the man, the woman, and the baby. Fortunately, nobody was injured.

The man ran behind his car, where officers found a shell casing.

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Post Miranda, Walker “willingly” spoke to officers, according to the report. He said that the juvenile had shot at the victims, but he reportedly admitted to brandishing a firearm. He also reportedly speculated that the juvenile might have thought the man was going to his vehicle to get a gun, and that’s why he shot at him.

Walker has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and is being held in the Alachua County Jail on $10,000 bail. Walker was previously booked into the jail on charges of domestic battery and criminal mischief on January 15, 2022, but the charges were dropped on February 3. A property damage charge from a January 6 sworn complaint was also dropped on February 3. The juvenile was booked into the juvenile facility.

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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