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UPDATE: Lanetra Bennett
March 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Police have charged 32-year-old Christopher Weigly with attempted murder.

Weigly is accused of opening fire Tuesday afternoon inside the leasing office at University Trails Apartments in Tallahassee. Police say it was after his wife was fired from her job at the complex.

Employee James Stewart was shot six times, but was not critically injured.

Witnesses say Christopher Weigly had been waiting on the curb before officers arrived and handcuffed him.

"He was just sitting there. He gave up. He didn't try to run away. He didn't care anymore. He did what he had to do. He looked like a man who accomplished his goal. He didn't say a word. I didn't hear him utter anything," said Mario Auguste, a college student who lives in the apartment complex.

Auguste says he was in the gym, which is less than 20 feet away from the leasing office, when he heard a series of gunshots.

He peeked out and saw the maintenance manager carrying Stewart over his shoulder. Stewart was bleeding heavily. "I see the man getting pale and getting weak in the knees about to fall. Immediately I call 911 and rush over and try and help whatever way I can."

The police report says Weigly fired six times, hitting Stewart twice in his back, his left arm and his right foot.

"He was just bleeding. He was just bleeding. He only said one thing, call 911, I've been shot," said Auguste.

Melissa Paloma, who also lives in the complex, said, "Everybody in there is super nice. It's really bad news that that happened and upsetting. Hopefully in the future that never happens again."

Auguste said, "I pay rent to use that gym, to go in the computer room, use the computers to study with my friends, work out with my friends, play pool with my friends, go swimming with my friends; not to hear gunshots and almost die with my friends."

Weigly made his first court appearance Wednesday morning. He was ordered to be held without bond.

Police say no one else in the leasing office was hurt in the shooting.

We do not know why Weigly's wife was fired. The police report says she called Weigly to tell him she'd been fired, he left TCC where she said he was supposed to be for class, went to their apartment and got a gun, then came in the office and shot Stewart.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tallahassee police have released the name of the suspect in a shooting that occurred at an apartment complex leasing office Tuesday afternoon.

According to TPD spokesman David Northway, 32-year-old Christopher Weigly was arrested after police say he opened fire at the office staff at the University Trails apartment complex.

Officers say Weigly's wife had been terminated from her employment with the company earlier Tuesday. Weigly was taken into custody in the parking lot of the apartment complex without incident.

One staff member was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries after being shot several times.

Weigly appeared before a judge Wednesday morning. He's being held without bond and charged with attempted first degree homicide.

Northway says Florida Highway Patrol also assisted with the case and that the investigation is ongoing.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to call them at (850) 891-4200.


By: Chris Gros
March 29, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Around 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, law enforcement officers responded to a shooting at 2566 W Tennessee Street at the University Trails apartment complex.

According to the Tallahassee Police Department, a suspect entered the leasing office at the apartment complex and opened fire.

One person was shot multiple times and was taken to the hospital. Authorities say that person is expected to recover.

TPD tells us they believe the motive for the shooting happened earlier in the day. Investigators say an employee was let go today and the shooter is believed to be the boyfriend of the former employee.

The shooter was quickly taken into custody.

TPD Officer David Northway said, "The boyfriend is the suspect in this case and he is in custody at this point. The other half of it is being questioned by our officers at this time."

The leasing office was completely blocked off with crime scene tape as authorities investigated the scene.

Many residents were left to watch as the place they called home turned into a crime scene.

"I was coming down the street and I saw all the fire trucks and police cars and as I'm going to turn into the neighborhood and I realize I can't. A few people are walking across the street and they say someone was shot three times," said resident Amanda Squires.

Resident Tara Turner said, "I've been here for over a year and nothing's gone wrong and literally there's been nothing. This is a good part of town. I just came here to go to college."

Police are emphasizing that residents are now safe and authorities believe this was an isolated incident.

No names have been released by police at this time. It's also not clear why the girlfriend was fired from her job at the complex.

We will bring you more information on this investigation as it becomes available.




 
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