A guy was shot and killed early Saturday morning in downtown Gainesville, according to the Gainesville Police Department.
At 1:07 a.m., someone was shot in the 100 block of South Main Street.
Officers were walking around the area when they heard and got reports of gunshots. The crime scene was in an open area on the west side of the Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office.
The department wrote on its Facebook that officers helped until EMS came. The victim was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital, where it was confirmed that he or she had died. No one knows his name or how old he is yet.
The tweet below confirms the news:
******DOWNTOWN GAINESVILLE HOMICIDE****** https://t.co/dyhqvWQcjE pic.twitter.com/RyhglhisVc
— gainesvillepd (@GainesvillePD) May 6, 2023
A preliminary review, according to the department, showed that the victim and others got into a fight that ended with shots being fired. As of noon on Saturday, the subject has not been found.
Investigators have more proof and are doing more work to find out what happened. The department wrote that more information would be given later.
“The GPD family sends condolences to all of the victim’s family and friends,” the department said in a press release. “GPD is asking our neighbors to report any gun violence or threats of violence they see on social media.”
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Crime in Gainesville
According to GPD crime records, Saturday’s shooting was the fourth death in the city this year.
Last week, police went to the City Commission to talk about violent crime data. No murders were reported the year before, and only one was reported in 2021.
Even though there have been more serious crimes in the city in the last four years, property crimes like burglary and theft have gone down.
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