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Madison County Shooting

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

A bloody towel and a pool of blood are visible signs of the mayhem that occurred Sunday afternoon after gunfire erupted at the Madison Heights apartment complex in Madison County.

Police believe two groups of men were involved in a domestic dispute that resulted in a shooting. In the end two men were life lighted to Tallahassee hospital, both in critical condition; one of them later died at the hospital.

Those who live in the complex are shocked and saddened by the incident.

Joseph Irvine says, "These are two different families that are in pain that will never ever get over this. I happened to look at the bodies, something that would be an impression on my mind for the rest of my life.”

Police say they're still trying to determine who shot the victims and why.

Rick Davis says, “We're still interviewing witnesses to turn up any leads; we have two people we're searching for questioning and we have one in custody."

The man in custody is Francisco Hernandez Banks. For now he's being charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. More charges are expected.

In the meantime, police are searching for two other suspects, but that brings little consolation to area residents.

Irvine says, "Those guys, whoever they were, had one thing on their minds; that was to kill someone. They did that. They did not think about the consequences and the affect it would have on the people out here."

As you can imagine, a lot of the residents are still upset about the chain of events. At this time they're not releasing that information until they have a search warrant.


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