Downtown Gainesville shooting leaves 1 dead

Police yellow tape, blurred lights and traffic accident in background
Police yellow tape, blurred lights and traffic accident in background
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The Gainesville Police Department (GPD) needs the public’s help after a Sunday morning shooting left one person dead downtown.

According to a GPD press release, officers heard multiple gunshots at 2 a.m. near the gravel parking lot at 238 West University Ave.

Vehicles and crowds of people fled the area, GPD reported. Just after that, a victim stumbled into NW 1st Avenue, asking for help before collapsing.

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Officers pulled the person—only identified as a male—to cover and used trauma kit supplies to treat his gunshot wounds as other officers held cover while managing disturbances in the area.

GPD officers treated the victim until EMS came and transported him to UF Health Shands Trauma Unit. The victim died from his wounds at Shands, police reported.

GPD’s Criminal Investigations Division is asking for the public to help identify anyone involved in the shooting. Anyone with a tip can contact GPD Detective Sergeant David Blizzard directly at 352-393-7710 or GPD Detective Corporal Warren Meek at 352-393-7659.

You can also remain anonymous by contacting Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 353-372-7867 or

A wave of summer gun violence caused GPD to create a response program, which was released in late August. In July authorities said they believe members of the community are protecting the persons responsible for the spate of violence 

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