Fatal Tallahassee Shooting- Suspect on the Loose

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

8/10

Tallahassee, FL - Last Thursday, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a reported shooting at 3006 Garfield Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered that 36-year-old Mario Cloud had been shot and later succumbed to his injury. Investigators from the Tallahassee Police Department's Violent Crime Unit responded to the scene and began reviewing physical evidence along with witness statements.

Investigator Vincent Boccio obtained a murder warrant for the arrest of 36-year-old Lamont Harrison based on witness statements obtained during the investigation. Investigators learned that prior to the shooting Cloud was involved in an argument with several people about missing money. According to witnesses, Harrison arrived at Cloud's home and Cloud quickly went into his house. Harrison is reported to have kicked open the front door of Cloud's home, eventually fatally shooting Cloud.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lamont Harrison is asked to contact the Tallahassee Police Department at (850)891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850)574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

WANTED: Lamont A. Harrison, B/M, 10/2/73 CHARGES: Murder, Armed Burglary, and Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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WCTV contacted Tallahassee Police Department on Monday afternoon (8-9) and the suspect description has yet to be released. TPD will be releasing that information later in the week. We we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want you name, just your information. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

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Tiphaine and and 18 year-old Trevon Cloud are cleaning out the house where Mario Cloud lived.

Tiphaine, the mother of three of Cloud's children, and Trevon, Cloud's oldest son are not related, but they're joined together by tragedy. The murder of someone they loved.

"I mean I can't don anything. I'm grieving and it hurts. That wasn't just my dad, that was my best friend," said Trevon.

The shooting took place Thursday around 3 in the afternoon. Cloud's son says his 36-year-old father was gunned down right here in the kitchen of his home at 3006 Garfield Street with his eight month old baby and girlfriend in the house.

A neighbor said she heard gun shots and called 911. Cloud was taken to the hospital where he later died from his wounds.

Now Tiphaine says she has to face the difficult task of telling her children that their father is gone.

"He's the father of my kids. Now they're fatherless. I just don't know what to say, just you're not going to see daddy anymore."

Trevon says but has fond memories of the father-son time they spent together.

"Fishing, cooking, just being around him. He taught me how to draw, taught me about cars," said Trevon.

Trevon and Tiphaine say they don't know who would want to hurt Cloud, but said they don't feel safe even being the neighborhood right now.

"Whoever did this is very evil and I hope that justice is served because Mario did not deserve this. Nobody is perfect, but he was getting his life together," said Tiphaine.

A TPD spokesperson who said they are continuing to work on the case. Some neighbors say they gave authorities descriptions of the suspect, But TPD says they're not ready to release information concerning their investigation just yet.
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Update 9:30pm 8/5

A shooting quickly turns into a homicide investigation this afternoon. Crime tape surrounds a home on Tallahassee's South side as police search for a suspect.

Concerned neighbors and witnesses lined the crime scene tape in shock. When asked- all of the neighbors had nothing but good things to say about the victim, Mario Cloud.

Gun shots echoed through homes on the south side of Tallahassee around 3 Thursday afternoon.

The Tallahassee Police Department responded to a frantic 911 call to 3006 Garfield street. That's where they found 36 year old Mario Cloud shot and fighting for his life.

Cloud was taken by ambulance to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds ... and the shooting investigation turned into a murder investigation.
W. Smith, a friend of victim says, "When I pulled up and I couldn't get to my brother's house and they said what happened- I was stunned"

Witnesses say Cloud's girlfriend and 8 month old baby were inside the home when the shooting took place ... but neither was hurt.

His neighbor- who did not want to be identified - called 911. She said she heard the shots ring out and was with the victim when he was gasping for his last breaths. "They was coming exactly for him. No ifs' ands, or buts about it. I know that he doesn't have any enemies that I know of so- something just went wrong."

Those who knew Cloud are still questioning who would murder someone who *they knew as their quiet, friendly neighbor and a great dad.

"At night time he'd be out side watering his grass and planting his flowers- he never had any commotion over to his house."

"He always gave us the utmost respect, my brother got along with him and there never was a problem between him and the guy, they always loaned tools and stuff."

"You'd always see him with his son. If they weren't in the house he was pushing his son down the street in the stroller. He wasn't a bad person. He will be missed."

Some neighbors were surprised by the shooting, but others say this isn't the first time they have heard shots in the area. The police are not releasing any suspect information at this time.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Tallahassee police department at 891-4200 or Crimestoppers at 574-TIPS.

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Updated 8:00pm

Police say the victim from the homicide at 3006 Garfield Street was identified as 36 year old Mario Cloud. His next of kin has been notified.

Police still do not have a suspect description. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want you name, just your information. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

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5:28pm 8/5

This afternoon at approximately 3:00 PM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 3006 Garfield Street in reference to a report of gunshots. Upon arrival officers discovered a male subject had been shot. The victim was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The victim’s name is not being released at this time until investigators have the opportunity to contact the next of kin.

Investigators from the Tallahassee Police Department’s Violent Crime Unit responded to the scene. The investigation is on-going as physical evidence and witness statements are being reviewed. The motive for the shooting has not been established and the investigation is on going.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want you name, just your information. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

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4pm 8/5

Tallahassee Police and the Forensics Unit are currently on the scene of a shooting at 3006 Garfield Street in Tallahassee.

TPD say got the 911 call around 2:57pm.

Officials on scene say one person was shot. The victim has been taken by ambulance to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital but we are currently unaware of the severity of the injuries. No one else is at the house at this time.

Police say there aren't any suspects at this time and that it's normal for forensics to be called out to shootings.

We have a reporter on scene and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.
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