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UPDATE: Shooting on Gaines Street Friday Ruled Stand Your Ground, No Charges Against Shooter

Shooting this afternoon on Gaines Street leaves one victim with life-threatening injuries, and lingering questions about police reporting policy.

// April 22, 2022,

7:13 pm

Updated:April 25, 2022

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Tallahassee Police Department officers, detectives talk outside the scene of a shooting on Gaines Street Friday afternoon. April 22nd, 2022. | Our Tallahassee
Tallahassee Forensics Investigator collects evidence, including the victims backpack from a Friday shooting on Gaines Street into evidence bag. April 22nd, 2022. | Our Tallahassee
Tallahassee Police Department officers, detectives talk outside the scene of a shooting on Gaines Street Friday afternoon. April 22nd, 2022. | Our Tallahassee

Monday 4:30 PM Update:

The Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) released the following statement.

“Following a swift and thorough investigation, it was determined the injured person was the initial aggressor in this incident. The individual was in the roadway acting erratically and accosted the driver, an adult male, through his open window just before the shooting occurred.
After consultation with the State Attorney’s Office, the case was found to be in accordance with Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.
No further updates will be provided.”

Original Story:

Around 3:00 PM today, there was a shooting on Gaines Street at the cross-walk of Doug Burnette Park, near the FSU Donald Tucker Civic Center.

The police department shut Gaines Street traffic east and westbound around the Park from approximately 3:15  until 4:10 PM. 

A disclaimer on the Tallahassee Police Department TOPS scanner only lists it as “Shots Fired (Suspect Seen) with a Weapon.” However, photos taken at the scene clearly show that a victim sustained a serious injury.

One victim was taken by ambulance away from the scene. A bystander said that the person appeared to be heavily injured but alive when put into the ambulance.

A Facebook post made at 4:51 PM by the Tallahassee Police Department described it as “life-threatening injuries” and incorrectly listed the shooting time as “just before 4 PM”. In reality, the incident occurred nearly an hour before that. 

The victim’s belongings, including a backpack and an iPhone that was still on, were placed into evidence bags by a Tallahassee Police Department forensic investigator. It is not clear if the victim was a student.

Tallahassee Forensics Investigator collects evidence, including the victims backpack from a Friday shooting on Gaines Street into evidence bag. April 22nd, 2022. | Our Tallahassee

Several calls to the Tallahassee Police Department duty desk went unanswered seeking more information about the shooting. The Tallahassee Police Department released a new “social first” media policy in late 2021, designed to reduce the amount of time spent answering media questions.

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