An Ocala man was arrested Sunday following an early-morning shooting that killed two people and injured one in downtown Gainesville.
According to a Gainesville Police Department (GPD) report, officers arrested Ja’zier Antonio Myers, 20, of Ocala and charged him with three counts of homicide murder in the first degree premeditated and one count of attempted homicide murder in the first degree premeditated.
GPD officers were conducting crowd control around 900 W. University Avenue at 2:42 a.m. when shots were fired. Two victims died from their injuries.
According to the report, one victim, who later died, was in front of Checkers at 912 W. University Ave. A second victim, who was found in the same area, flagged down officers. The third victim, who was shot first, was found dead in front of Bodytech at 806 W. University Ave.
Surveillance video showed Myers reportedly walking near the third victim around 2:40 a.m. and shooting the victim in the head as they passed Bodytech.
The second victim, who flagged down officers, said he was ordering food at Checkers and he heard an argument behind him. He looked around and saw Myers shoot the victim. The second victim ran and was then shot.
Officers located Myers in a nearby car after witnesses in the vehicle said the alleged gunman got into the vehicle. When officers approached the car, Myers go out and dropped the gun. After being read his Miranda rights, Myers denied the shooting, adding he had no recollection of what happened and was possibly drugged.
One of the deceased victims was homeless and the other was from Ocala. The injured victim was reportedly in stable condition.
Myers is being held in the Alachua County Jail.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with information from a July 31 press release.