By: Matt Galka
Tallahassee, FL -- Monday was quiet at S & Z Petro in Tallahassee, but Sunday was a very different scene.
An afternoon shooting left one man in the hospital. The Leon County Sheriff's Office identified that man as Eugene Smith, known by his friends as "Geno."
LCSO and a family member confirmed to WCTV that the shooting began after Smith confronted men he believed were riding in his sister's stolen car which she reported that morning.
S and Z released video showing people running into the store when shots started being fired. Deputies say Smith and a friend confronted the men inside of the stolen Acura. A passenger shot Smith, but Geno was able to get away and make it inside the store to ask for help.
"I looked around and saw these two guys fly into the bushes and immediately knew it was a gun shot. I got real sketched out," said witness Theodore Marshall on Sunday.
Deputies say at least two black males fled the scene on foot. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the sheriff's office or Crime Stoppers. You could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.
Press Release: Leon County Sheriff's Office
At 3:19 pm, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a shooting incident at the Petro store located at 4209 Crawfordville Highway.
When deputies arrived they discovered a man suffering from a
gunshot wound to the chest. The victim, 40 year old Eugene Smith, was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Detectives from the Violent Crimes unit and Crime Scene unit responded,conducted witness interviews and processed the scene for physical evidence. Detectives have determined that Kizzy Solomon reported her Orange 2002 Acura stolen to the Tallahassee Police Department during the morning hours on Sunday.
Kizzy Solomon’s brother, Eugene Smith, observed the stolen Acura driving in the 300 block of Ross Road. Smith and another man, Mervin Solomon, began driving around in separate vehicles searching for the stolen Acura. Mervin Solomon observed the stolen Acura pull into the Petro store at 4209 Crawfordville Highway.
Solomon confronted the driver and a physical altercation ensued. Smith also saw the car in the parking lot and approached a man who was standing near the passenger’s side of the Acura. When Smith confronted the man on the passenger’s side of the Acura, the man shot Smith in the chest. Smith’s injuries were not life threatening. Witnesses stated at least two black males fled the scene on foot.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for up to a $1,000.00 reward.
By: Mike Springer
June 2, 2013
Tallahassee, FL- One man was shot at a Leon County gas station Sunday afternoon.
The shooting happened around 3:15 pm at a gas station near Shelfer Road and Crawfordville Highway.
Leon County Deputies say shot was a passenger in a white Honda Civic. He was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Deputies have not released the man's name but say he is in stable condition.
"I heard this two pops like someone was shooting off firecrackers. I didn't know what to think so I looked around and I saw these two guys fly into the bushes," said Theodore Marshall who was nearby.
A Orange Acura was also at the gas station. Deputies say it was stolen. It's unclear what connection the car has to the shooting at this time.
Deputies say they are looking for 2 to 3 suspects who fled into the woods after the shooting.
Anyone with any information is asked to called LCSO.
June 2, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - The Leon County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a shooting at a Tallahassee gas station.
One man is being treated at a hospital after being shot at the Petro gas station at the intersection of Crawfordville Highway and Shelfer Road.
LCSO says a the man shot was the passenger in the white Honda Civic car. Suspects then ran into the woods behind the gas station. Canine units are on scene searching for the suspects.
We currently have a reporter on the scene and will have updates as they become available.