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Court documents: Tallahassee gang 'feud' to blame for shootings, murders dating back to 2019

Posted at 10:57 AM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 11:08:44-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — According to recently released arrest reports, Tallahassee Police investigators have attributed a string of shootings and murders dating back to late 2019 to an ongoing "feud" between "Northside" and "Southside" gang members.

The report details the arrest of La'Darrius Campbell, a suspect in the deadly triple shooting on Aug. 21 at the Time Saver convenience store on Alabama Street. One man, who documents say was a innocent bystander, was killed in the shooting.

The two others who were hurt in the shooting, along with one of their unharmed associates who was with them during the shooting, were identified in court documents as members of the "Northside" gang and were likely the intended targets in the shooting.

Investigators wrote that all three men who survived "have been documented as directly or indirectly involved in multiple shootings since 2019."

"Since the latter half of 2019, there have been multiple homicides and shooting incidents attributed to a feud between 'Northside' and 'Southside' gang members," the arrest report read. "It began in September 2019 when an associate of the 'Northside' gang shot and killed a known member of the 'Southside' gang."

While TPD did not specify exactly what shooting that was, there were two fatal shootings in Tallahassee on September 7, 2019 that occurred just hours apart from each other. One of the deadly shootings happened on Normandy Boulevard while the other happened outside the Regal Cinemas on Governor's Square Boulevard.

The arrest report also attributes the November 17, 2019 fatal shooting near the North Florida Fairgrounds to the gang feud. A teen and an adult were killed in the shootout that broke out amid a crowd.

"Since that time, each side of the feud has engaged in violent attacks to the opposing side," the report reads. "In most cases, firearms were used. Many of the references made to the shooting incidents appear as taunting and threats made on social media platforms between the two groups."

Most recently in the Time Saver shooting, investigators say video evidence showed a red Ford Focus as it "stalk[ed] the victims" and circled the area while the victims walked from Basin Street to Alabama Street.

After a while, documents say camera footage showed the car driving by the group as they were standing by the Time Saver store, gunshots coming from the passenger side as it passed. Investigators called the incident a "premeditated drive-by styled shooting."

Upon further investigation, police connected the suspected getaway car to Campbell via a family member and used cellphone records to confirm that he was at the scene of the shooting when it occurred. Documents say Campbell was also a known member of the "Southside" gang.

Based on the evidence, Campbell was arrested and charged with premeditated homicide and two counts of attempted homicide.