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UPDATE: Five shot at teen party held at Gainesville American Legion post; two suspects in custody

Published: Jun. 25, 2021 at 12:24 AM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Five people were injured in a shooting at a Northwest Gainesville American Legion post on Thursday night, and local law enforcement agencies now have two suspects in custody.

The shooting happened at a teen party being held at American Legion Post 16 on Northwest 6th Street. At this time they will not say if there were any deaths. All of the victims were under 18 years old.

Gainesville police provided an update this morning, indicating there was a teen party being held at the American Legion. And the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office followed with an update, detailing a high-speed chase that ended with deputies taking a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old into custody.

GPD Release:

GPD RESPONDS TO JUVENILE SHOOTING INCIDENT

On Thursday, June 24, 2021, at approximately 10:26 pm, multiple Gainesville Police Department units responded to several calls of shots fired at the American Legion located at 4701 NW 6th Street.

After arriving to the scene, GPD officers discovered four juvenile victims outside and one juvenile victim inside of the American Legion building, all of whom had been shot.

Further investigation revealed that there was a juvenile teen party being held at the American Legion when two shooters exchanged gunfire, leading to the victims being shot.

Currently, there are no suspects in custody. GPD is following several leads and asks anyone who has information about this incident or those involved in the shooting to contact the GPD Detectives Bureau at: 352-393-7710 or Alachua County Crime Stoppers at: 352-372-7867 or www.stopcrime.tv

Posted by Dylan Lyons WCJB TV 20 News on Thursday, June 24, 2021

ASO Release:

On Thursday, June 24th, the Gainesville Police Department responded to a mass shooting at the American Legion Hall in Gainesville. GPD’s investigation revealed that several juveniles had been shot and that the suspects had stolen a car and fled the scene. Deputies with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office located the stolen vehicle at the 9000 block of West Newberry Road and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspects fled and a pursuit was initiated. Deputies deployed stop sticks during the pursuit, and were able to deflate one of the front tires. The vehicle pursuit ended at the entrance to Cabana Beach Apartments where the suspects then fled on foot. Deputies were able to apprehend the driver, who was identified as 14-year old Jakarean Ford. The passenger, 17-year old Javari Baptiste, fled into the complex but was also taken into custody after the establishment of a perimeter and assistance from K-9 and the Aviation Unit. Deputies also recovered a stolen 9mm handgun and ski mask used in the shooting. Both Baptiste and Ford were taken to the Gainesville Police Department for questioning before being transported to the Juvenile Detention Center. Baptiste was charged with attempted murder by the Gainesville Police Department and Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Resisting without Violence by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Ford was charged with Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Driver License and felony Possession of Marijuana.

BREAKING NEWS: TV20 is following a developing story out of Gainesville. Tune in for more details. Gainesville Police Department

Posted by WCJB TV20 News on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Law enforcement does have access to surveillance video to aid in their investigation.

This article will be updated as more information is released in the developing story.

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