Shootout on South Adams

UPDATED 11.16.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A shootout at a Tallahassee gas station sends bullets flying.

It happened on South Adams Street lat night. The stray bullets hit cars and buildings, but incredibly no one was hit.

"It's stupid."

Abby Branton shudders when she thinks about what might have been.

"God knows if my grandbaby would have been in the car or any of my grandkids or myself."

A bullet cracked her back windshield, struck the front windshield and landed in the drivers' seat. Luckily, she wasn't sitting in it.

"I just thank God nobody did get hurt, but this needs to stop," Branton said.

The gunfire erupted just after seven at the Petro Station on South Adams Street. The owner tells us there were more than 17 shots fired in his parking lot Thursday night. He says one of the men shooting crouched behind a car with a woman and child inside.

Tallahassee Police are reviewing the surveillance tape but aren't yet sure who was shooting or why.

"We are very lucky that no innocent bystanders were struck especially that time of night. It's a very busy, populated area," said TPD Spokesman David Northway.

There are three bullet holes in the building across the street. One of the bullets came right through the wall at the Headz 1st Barber Shop. Barber Melvin Walker was just closing up shop when he heard gunfire.

"It came through the wall, hit the first little lamp thing and dropped down right by my station. Yeah it was crazy last night over there at that little gas station. They shooting out like the wild west," Walker said.

Another witness told us you could hear the bullets bouncing off metal. One of the gunmen, they said, got into the passenger side of a gray sedan which sped off toward downtown.


Tallahassee, FL - November 16, 2012 10:57 am by Julie Montanaro -

Witnesses tell us there was a shootout at the Petro gas station on South Adams Street last night.

The store owner tells us as many as 17 shots were fired and one of the men shooting was crouched behind a car right in front of the store.

There are bullet holes in a car and a barber shop right across the street.

One barber says he was closing up when he heard the shots. A bullet came through the wall, he says, hit a light and landed near one of the barber chairs.

WCTV is awaiting more information from the Tallahassee Police Department.


Tallahassee, FL - 10:18 am - A shoot out occurred last night at the Petro on South Adams Street. At least 17 shots were fired. Several hit cars and businesses across the street.

Petro gas station was roped off for almost 4 hours.

One woman reprots a shattered car window. A barber reports that a bullet came through the wall there.

WCTV will bring you more information as it becomes available.


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