GAINESVILLE, Fla. – According to the Gainesville Police Department, two more persons have been detained in connection with a gunshot at a Gainesville party that injured five minors, bringing the total number of people facing charges to four.
Following the initial two arrests by police, the department revealed Saturday that the arrests took place on Friday. According to officers, four of the five teenagers injured in the gunshot suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the fifth suffered serious injuries.
A 16-year-old was arrested and charged with attempted criminal murder and carrying a concealed firearm, according to police. An 18-year-old man was also arrested and faces accusations of aggravated assault and concealing a handgun.
An automobile matching the description of one involved with the shooting was noticed by an Alachua County sheriff’s deputy after the shooting. According to spokesman Art Forgey, the deputy attempted to pull the automobile over but the driver refused to stop.
According to him, deputies placed stop sticks across the road, which deflated a tire and caused the automobile to come to a halt. Two of the occupants, two teens, fled but were apprehended with the help of K-9s and the aviation unit.
The sheriff’s office also accused the older juvenile, 16, of possession of a stolen firearm and resisting arrest without violence. Officials stated the other youngster, who is 14, was charged with felony possession of marijuana, fleeing and eluding law enforcement, operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license, and fleeing and evading law enforcement.
The Gainesville Sun reported that the shooting erupted when another group arrived at the party, according to Darry Lloyd, an investigator, and spokeswoman for the Eighth Circuit State Attorney’s Office.
“It was a teen’s birthday party,” Lloyd explained. “I’m not sure how many people were there, but at some point, a group came in that got into a fight with another group, and there was shooting. It doesn’t make any sense at all.”
Anyone with information about the shooting can call the police department at 352-393-7710 or Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867.