By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 13, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Residents living in the neighborhood described Crescent Hills Drive as a quiet area.
"What you see is what you get," said Cedric Reese. "It's a quiet neighborhood."
Reese has been living there for about three months and described a variety of people living in the area, from families to college students.
But, a crime scene Friday morning at the typically quiet neighborhood is now putting some residents on edge.
According to police, one man was shot dead on the 1500 block of Crescent Hills Drive at 1:58 a.m. The victim, now identified as 28-year-old Alfred Akeem Johnson. Police are still searching for more answers.
Reese said there had been a party a few houses down from his when the shooting happened.
He also said it's not the norm for the neighborhood and that he doesn't fear it'll be a continuous occurrence.
"I just think being that it's homecoming time, there's extra people in town... we have visitors here. And anytime there are visitors, football, sports in general, drinking, things can get out of hand," said Reese. "So do I think it's going to be something that's consistently over here? No I don't. Is it alarming? Kind of because it's right next to me."
But, two minutes later, a second shooting happened across town. This time, it was non-fatal and occurred on the 2600 block of North Monroe Street.
The overnight violence has left the death toll so far in Leon County this year at 18, higher than the amount of homicides the prior year.
"A part of me is frustrated. Been there done that. And then a part of me is helpless," said Stanley Sims, an ex-felon and community activist.
Sims said the city needs to do more to stop the bloodshed.
"It's very unfortunate that 18 is not a high enough number to get the response that is needed," said Sims.
Over the past several months both the City of Tallahassee and Leon County have held public meetings and workshops on crime, looking
for ways to address the growing issue. Most recently, the county held a workshop on Tuesday with commissioners pushing for infrastructure
improvements in crime "hot spots" to address crime.
Both the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office have increased community policing efforts. And, law enforcement agencies across the county have joined forces to create the public safety cooperative, working together to deter and solve crime.
Still, Sims has a different solution in mind.
"If you give a man a job, a good paying job, it'll make a difference in their life. And I think that's the answer," he said.
He'd also like to see more people like himself, who have a background in crime, to be at the table when it comes to making decisions on how to prevent it.
Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor is attributing the issue to things like mental health issues, economic segregation and drugs.
"Taking illegal drugs is the same as playing Russian roulette. If the drug does not kill you, it may inspire you to kill someone else because of the unpredictable effects," said Proctor.
While the death toll rises, residents at home are grasping to make sense of what's happening.
"We're all human. We have one world that we have to live in," said Reese. "So we have to come together as people to do what we need to do, what's best for the world, and our community. Period."
By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 13, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has released the identity of a person killed in a shooting overnight.
Police have identified the victim as 28-year-old Alfred Akeem Johnson.
Authorities responded to the shooting around 1:58 a.m. in the 1500 block of Crescent Hills Drive, just off of West Tharpe Street near Capital Circle NW.
Johnson later passed away from injuries sustained in the shooting.
TPD says the Violent Crimes Unit has been working on the case since last night and believes they have identified the immediate parties involved. The individuals have been contacted and interviewed.
Officials say they are currently working with the State Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be filed.
Investigators are currently seeking other parties involved or witnesses to the incident and are asking anyone with information regarding the shooting to please contact them at (850) 891-4200. Anyone with information may also call Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS if they wish to remain anonymous.
By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 13, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- One person has died following an early morning shooting in Tallahassee on Friday.
According to the Tallahassee Police Department, the shooting happened around 1:58 a.m. in the 1500 block of Crescent Hills Drive.
At the scene, arriving officers and emergency personnel provided medical attention to a single victim, but the person passed away from their injuries.
Investigators believe they have identified one person involved in the incident.
No further details have been released at this time.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to call (850) 891-4200, or to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.
A second shooting was reported in the 2600 Block of North Monroe Street just two minutes later. The victim in that incident sustained not life-threatening injuries.