Gainesville Police Department responds to three gun-related incidents in last two days

Shaquille Tyson

Officers from the Gainesville Police Department responded to three separate gun-related violent incidents in the past two days.

On Monday, at approximately 6PM, GPD responded to a disturbance at the 400 block of South Main Street. The investigation revealed that Julian R. Watson, 40, was involved in a previous incident at the location, and then returned to the premises and discharged one round from his shotgun into the air. Nobody was hurt during the incident. Watson has not been located.

On Tuesday at approximately 12:45AM, GPD was dispatched to the 500 block of NE 21st Lane in reference to a person shot.

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After arriving to the scene, GPD officers located the victim and rendered aid. Afterwards, EMS transported the victim to UF Health Shands Hospital.

At Shands, the victim identified Shaquille Tyson, 24, as his assailant via a photo line-up. Tyson was later arrested for attempted homicide, aggravated battery, violation of temporary injunction, and shooting/throwing a deadly missile into a dwelling/vehicle. Tyson was transported to the Alachua County Jail where he was booked.

On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at approximately 4:26AM, GPD responded to the 1600 block of SE 14th Avenue in reference to an armed disturbance. After arriving to the residence that reported shots fired and canvassing the area, GPD officers located multiple bullet casings and several points of impact to the residence.

The victims were unable to describe the subjects or the weapon(s) used and no additional witnesses were located. Nobody was injured. GPD detectives are following up on several leads.

GPD continues its efforts to curb the recent rise in shootings, shots fired, and armed burglaries. In addition to partnering with multiple law enforcement agencies, GPD asks its neighbors to remain vigilant and contact 911.

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