TPD Identifies Victim in Late Night Shooting

Updated by: Charlene Cristobal
August 26, 2014 - 5pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A bloody shirt, shell casings and a bullet hole in a parked car were all evidence of what happened at The Park at Midtown before police arrived late Monday night.

"Around 11:17-ish we got a call about a shooting in the complex," said Officer David Northway with the Tallahassee Police Department. "We arrived at the scene and we found a black male who was suffering from a gunshot wound."

Police say the victim, 22-year-old Dennis Francisque, was found in this parking spot. They say they're still looking for the suspect or suspects.. who were involved in the incident, but say they don't believe there's a threat to the public.

Eyewitness News talked to several people that lived in the area. While none of them wanted to speak on camera, some told me that even with the shooting, they still feel safe in the complex.

Some people who didn't know about the shooting, said that they weren't surprised that it happened in that area.

Others said that the shooting worries them because they thought they were safe because one of the apartment complex's amenities is that they are gated. They are also worried because they don't know if this was a random shooting, or if the shooter knew people living in the complex.

Police say, they can answer that question. Officer Northway said, "We believe that the suspects in this case were known to the victim."

TPD is still looking for the suspects. If you have any information, please call them at (850) 891-4200.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
August 26, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tallahassee police officers were called to 1600 Old Bainbridge Road last night around 11:17 p.m. for reports of someone shooting in the complex.

TPD Patrol Officers arrived on scene and located a black male victim suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He was immediately transported to a local hospital by emergency personnel.

Investigators from TPD's Violent Crimes Unit and Forensic Technicians are currently investigating the case, interviewing all identified witnesses and processing evidence.

The investigators have identified the victim as 22-year-old Dennis Francisque.

TPD is asking anyone with information about this case to please call (850) 891-4200 or CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information given is anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward.


By: Charlene Cristobal
August 26, 2014 - 2am

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Police Officers were called to the Park at Midtown apartment complex around 11:15 Monday night for a report of shots fired.

When officers arrived, a victim suffering from a gunshot wound was located in the road in front of apartment building 14. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for minor injuries.

TPD's forensics unit and homicide investigators were on scene collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. At least one shell casing was seen just steps away from the apartment building.

Investigators were also looking at what appeared to be a bullet hole in the door of a car parked nearby.

Officers were seen walking down the first floor hallway of building 14. The entire building and surrounding areas were blocked off with crime scene tape. Some residents of the building were seen retrieving clothes and pillows from their first floor apartment.

No suspects have been named at this time. TPD says there is no reason to believe that the public is in any danger.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.


By: Charlene Cristobal
August 26, 2014 - 1am

Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Police Department is currently investigating a crime scene at the Park at Midtown apartment complex off of Old Bainbridge Road.

Police currently have all of building 14 blocked off with crime scene tape.

For a short time, police lined nearby Volusia Street. There is no word as to why they were there.

Eyewitness News has a crew on scene. We'll provide more details as they become available.


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