Casey T. Tate
Charges: Attempted Murder (2 counts), Armed Burglary of a Structure with Great Bodily Harm Inflicted
Woodville, Florida - November 16, 2011 - Updated by Garin Flowers
Leon County deputies say they arrested a man in connection with a shooting that occurred back in September in Woodville.
A second suspect in the shooting is still on the loose.
Deputies say Shane Cobb and Jonathan Stewart were shot by two men who barged into their home on Forest Wood Drive. Cobb was shot in the head and Stewart was shot in the neck.
"We're very fortunate that both of these men are still alive," said Lt. James McQuaig with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.
"Because they were actually able to help us with this investigation."
Deputies ended up tracking down 22-year-old Casey Tate. He was arrested Tuesday night and deputies say he admitted to being involved. The shooting stemmed from a disagreement over money between Tate and Stewart, McQuaig added.
Tate is charged with armed burglary and two counts of attempted murder.
Deputies are still looking for the second intruder.
"We'd like to say that there are still additional arrests likely and additional charges as well," McQuaig said.
Woodville, Florida - November 16, 2011 -
At approximately 3:45am on September 25, 2011, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at 8526 Forest Wood Drive. When deputies arrived they discovered two men with gunshot wounds. Shane Cobb, 18, had been visiting with Jonathan Stewart, 23 when the men entered the residence, demanded money and started shooting. Cobb was shot in the head and shoulder while Stewart was shot in the neck. Both men were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and treated for their injuries. Stewart remains hospitalized.
In October, Stewart’s condition improved enough that he could communicate and was interviewed by Detectives. Stewart was able to tell Detective Black that Casey Tate had been the triggerman during the shooting.
On November 15, 2011, detectives located Tate and interviewed him in reference to this incident. During the interview, Tate confirmed his involvement in this incident. Detectives believe this incident involved a dispute over money between Tate and Stewart.
Sheriff Larry Campbell stated, “The victims in this case are fortunate to be alive. We are certainly glad they were eventually able to provide us the information which led us to this arrest.”
Tate was taken to the Leon County Jail.
UPDATED 11.16.2011 by Julie Montanaro
Casey Tate has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and armed burglary in connection with September break in and shooting.
[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL - 9-26-2011
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office has released a composite sketch of the suspect from the shooting incident that took place Sunday on Forest Wood Drive. This suspect is described as being a white male in his 20’s that stands approximately 5’-10” tall and weighs between 150-175 pounds. The man has short spiked blonde hair and his teeth are in poor condition.
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.
Tallahassee, Florida - September 26, 2011 - Noon -
At approximately 3:45am on September 25, 2011, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at 8526 Forest Wood Drive. When deputies arrived they discovered two men with gunshot wounds. One man had been shot in the arm and in the neck. The other had been shot in the head. Both men were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. One victim was treated and released while the other remains hospitalized in critical condition. A third person was inside the residence at the time of the shooting but was not injured during the incident.
Detectives learned that two men entered the residence, demanded money and began shooting the victims. Detectives from LCSO’s Crime Scene Unit collected forensic evidence from the scene while Violent Crimes Detectives canvassed the area and conducted interviews. Detectives are continuing to work with the victims in attempts to learn more about the suspects in this case; however, this process has been slowed due to the nature and significance of the injuries.
Tallahassee, Florida - September 26, 2011 - 10:45am -
More information will be released about the shooting that took place in Woodville around 11:30am today, according to. Lt. James McQuaig with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies continue searching for two people wanted in an early morning shooting.
"I woke up and I looked across the street and I saw everyone out there and I was like oh crap that's like my next door neighbor," says Katelynn Teeter.
It wasn't quite what Katelynn Teeter wanted to wake up to early Sunday morning. She heard gunshots fired and it happened just right across the street from her childhood home.
It all went down at this home at the 8500 block of Forest Wood Drive around 3:45 this morning. That's where deputies say two people were shot here and taken to the hospital.
"I've known him since I was little, I've known him since I was like seven years old so it's really surprising. And you don't expect anything like that to happen to people you actually know, " says Teeter.
Deputies wouldn't tell us the names of the two men who were shot, but say two men entered the home, demanded money, and eventually fired shots.
As investigators continued to clear the scene all Sunday morning, folks like Raymond Ferrell is now more worried about the safety of his 89-year old mother who lives only feet away from where it all went down.
"I'm very concerned here. That's why we keep everything locked up around here and we got dogs too so," says Ferrell.
"I wanna know what happened and I wanna make sure everyone's ok," says Teeter.
Deputies say the two suspects are still at large and they are continuing their search for them.
-------September 25 6:31 p.m.--------------
Tallahassee, FL 9-25-11
Lt. James McQuaig with the Leon County Sheriff's Office says around 3:45 this morning (Sunday,) two men entered 8526 Forest Wood Drive in Woodville through the garage and shot two men who were inside the home.
Both victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
At this time, their condition is unknown.
McQuaig says the two suspects are still at large.
He says the men had demanded money but says deputies do not know at this time if the two shooters knew the two victims.
McQuaig says he believes one other person may have been inside the home at the time of the shooting but was not harmed.
Deputies say it is too early in the investigation to say if there are any leads and too soon to release any other details.
No names of anyone involved were released.
WCTV will keep you posted.