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Two Arrested After Wal-Mart Parking Lot Shooting [SLIDE SHOW & PROBABLE CAUSE ATTACHED]

By: Julie Montanaro, James Buechele, Deneige Broom Email
By: Julie Montanaro, James Buechele, Deneige Broom Email

Tallahassee, FL - November 26, 2012 - The woman who was shot in front of the Wal Mart on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee says she was being robbed when she was shot on Black Friday.

Initial reports from Tallahassee police said an argument began over a parking space, and escalated into the shooting.

However, the report released from the department on Monday, and the story we heard from one of the victims, paints a different picture.

The woman said she and the man in her car where were sitting behind the suspects' vehicle that was blocking the roadway in front of a Wal Mart entrance.

She says they honked their horn and that's when Tiffany Yancey got out of the car in front of them, yelling.

They all drove off.

Shortly after is when police say, while the victim was still in her car Yancey approached her with a gun, demanding everything in her purse.

The police report says the male victim had run into the store for help when he saw the gun from a distance.

Police say Yancey and Earl White got the victim to the ground and hit her repeatedly while trying to take her purse.

During the struggle, the male victim walked out of the store and White and Yancey got into their car to leave.

The male victim reportedly pushed a shopping cart at the suspects' car to stop them.

Police say that's when White got out of the car and shot the man three times and the woman once before getting away.

Saturday, White and Yancey were spotted in Gadsden County and took deputies on a high speed chase that ended in Grady County, Georgia.

The two are still at the Grady County jail.

In Leon County, White and Yancey are charged with two counts of attempted murder, attempted robbery with a firearm and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

White was convicted of burglary in Georgia in 2008.
Yancey was convicted of forgery in Georgia in 2009.

Grady County Sheriff Harry Young says ecstasy pills were found in the vehicle White and Yancey were driving.

Young says they'll be charged with intent to distribute the drug.

In Gadsden County, White and Yancey will be charged with fleeing/eluding and reckless driving.


Associated Press Release

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - November 24, 2012 - Tallahassee police plan to charge two suspects with attempted murder after a shooting over a Walmart parking space.

An arrest affidavit shows Earl White III and Tiffany Yancey were captured in Grady County, Georgia, on Saturday. They face charges of attempted robbery with a firearm, attempted murder and possession of firearm by convicted felon in connection to the store shooting.

Police say a disagreement over a parking space led to the shooting outside the store on Black Friday. The affidavit says Yancey pointed a gun at a female, demanding "everything in your purse." Police say White then shot the woman and a male passenger outside the store.

The suspects fled, but were later captured in Georgia. They will be charged after being extradited to Florida.

AP-WF-11-26-12 1928GMT


Tallahassee, FL - November 24, 2012 9:04 p.m. UPDATED by James Buechele

The two suspects in the Tallahassee Wal Mart shooting on Black Friday are now in custody.

Grady County Sheriff Harry Young confirms to WCTV that Earl White III, 31, and Tiffany Leanne Yancey, 27 were arrested after a high-speed chase.

Gadsden County Sheriff's Deputies spotted their vehicle in the county and started chasing the car. Speeds reached as high as 90 miles per hour. White and Yancey were heading north on Highway 111 just south of Cairo, GA. That's when Grady County deputies used spike strips to slow the vehicle down. The car crashed into a guard rail and came to a halt where deputies took the two into custody.

White and Yancey are currently in the Grady County Detention Center. They are being held for the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office and will be turned over after the investigation is complete.

The Georgia Highway Patrol also assisted in the arrest.

Tallahassee, FL - November 24, 2012 - UPDATED by Julie Montanaro

Two people were shot outside a Tallahassee Wal Mart this afternoon. It brought Black Friday shopping to a terrifying halt.

The shots were fired in front of the store on Apalachee Parkway just after noon.

Just minutes ago, police confirmed the folks were fighting over a parking space.

The shots were fired on the sidewalk right in front of the parkway Wal Mart.

Police are trying to find out who fired them.

John Williams, who was inside the store during shooting, said, "It's scary. Especially in front of a store where people can get hurt, you know. It's scary and it's stupid."

Witnesses tell us two couples were arguing and at some point a shopping cart hit the side of the car and a man stepped out and started shooting.

TPD Spokesman David Northway said, "On scene, officers located two victims who have suffered non-life threatening injuries and are currently being treated at a local hospital."

Stunned shoppers stood outside. Customers who were inside said they heard the shots and people started running.

"I heard the muffled sounds of shooting. It sounded like five times. People started running towards the back of the store. Some people in quite a shock, said Hoskulbur Fridriksson who was inside the store during shooting,

Officers say the whole thing may have been caught on tape by surveillance cameras overhead.

The Wal Mart shut down for more than two hours. Customers coming to check out Black Friday bargains were stunned to find out two people had been shot amidst the crowd.

Shopper Rosemary Franklin said, "We could have been here a little earlier than what we did but thank God we got here on the end of it."


Tallahassee, FL -November 24, 2012- 5:03pm

The crime scene is now being cleaned up; the tape is coming down.


Tallahassee, FL -November 24, 2012- 2:42pm

Tallahassee police confirm that two people were shot on the sidewalk in front of the Wal-Mart on Apalachee Parkway. Police would not comment on what may have started the confrontation and they would not comment on whether they have any suspects in the case.

Witnesses tell us it was a man and a woman who were shot. Tallahassee police say the victims have non-life threatening injuries.

The store has been re-opened.


Tallahassee, FL -November 24, 2012- 1:03pm

The Wal-Mart on Apalachee Parkway is shut down after witnesses tell us multiple shots were fired right in front of the store. Witnesses tell us two couples were arguing and one of the men started firing, He then took off in his car. Witnesses tell us it happened on the sidewalk right in front of the store.

We are awaiting a police spokesperson to arrive on scene to give our reporter on scene more information.


Tallahassee, FL - November 24, 2012 - 12:53pm

The Tallahassee Police Department is working a crime scene at the Wal-Mart at 3535 Apalachee Pkwy. Witnesses say two people have been shot. We have a reporter on scene and will bring you more information on this developing story as we get it.


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