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Man arrested in connection to Tallahassee triple shooting on Joe Louis Street

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Posted at 10:40 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 10:43:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A 19-year-old man has been arrested for attempted murder after investigators say he opened fire on three people at the Springfield Apartments on Joe Louis Street.

Donovan Gay, 19, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with three counts of attempted murder in connection to a shooting that occurred at 1700 Joe Louis Street on Aug. 28.

According to arrest documents, the Tallahassee Police Department was called to the apartment complex just after 4:30 p.m. for reports of shots fired. When they arrived, they found three victims, a woman and two men, suffering from gunshot wounds.

The victims told police that they were in the back of the apartment building trying to get a car out of the mud when a man, clad in a green mask, began to shoot at them. Documents say one victim was shot seven times, one was shot in the leg and the third was shot in the back and sustained a collapsed lung.

"All three victims said this shooting was unprovoked and do not know why they were targeted and shot," investigators wrote in the report.

Upon further investigation, police discovered that two men were caught on surveillance video running away from the scene after the shooting occurred, one of the men matching the clothing description witnesses and the victims gave.

With this information, they were able to identify the stolen car the shooting suspects arrived in and put out an alert for it.

The next morning, the suspect car was stopped in Tallahassee. Documents say Gay and another man were inside the car when it was stopped but "refused" to speak to officers about the shooting or car theft. Both men were arrested and DNA evidence was collected from them.

Based on the evidence, investigators found probable cause to charge Gay with three counts of attempted murder. As of Wednesday, Gay is being held at the Leon County Detention Facility without bond.

A second man was also identified in the report as a suspect in the shooting, although, as of Wednesday, no charges connected to the attempted homicide have been filed against him.