Quincy Man Shot While Helping Attackers, Suspect Arrested

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Press Release: Quincy Police Department

On Tuesday night at approximately 9:30PM The Quincy Police Department was called in reference to a man being shot in the leg. According to the 42 year old victim he was approached by four black males while working at Haupilla Produce located at 1800 Florida Avenue. One of the males asked the victim to use his cell phone. The victim declined and turned to walk away from the men when one of them fired a handgun striking him in the leg.

By canvassing the community door to door officers and investigators were able to develop several key leads which led them to the gunman in this case. On Thursday, October 17 QPD arrested 17 year old Dontavious Shorter for the shooting. The investigation revealed that Shorter was attempting to rob the victim and subsequently fired the gunshot which struck the victim in the leg.

Shorter was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Tallahassee and is expected to appear before a judge today for first appearance in Quincy. This investigation is on-going and there may be additional arrests made.

According to Asst. Chief Glenn Sapp “The Quincy Police Department takes violent crimes in our community serious especially those involving firearms. We will not tolerate such reckless criminal acts which could have resulted in a senseless death. We want to thank the public for assisting us in being able to make an arrest in this serious case so quickly.”

Arrested: Dontavious Shorter, 17, of 838 Sykes Street, Quincy.
Charges: Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Robbery with a Firearm.
Anyone with additional information about this crime is asked to contact Capt. Troy Gilyard with the QPD Criminal Investigation Division at (850) 627-0140.


Quincy, FL - John Akins is the assistant pastor at Holy Anointed Church in Quincy, FL. The church is located just about 100 feet away from where police say a shooting sent one victim to the hospital Tuesday night.

"It's sad that, you know, for something like that to happen in the neighborhood. I guess we'll have to band together and look out for each other," said Akins.

Police say that the victim is a 42-year-old man who worked at a produce store on Florida Avenue.

The Quincy Police Department says that four men approached a Huapilla Produce Worker and asked him for his cell phone.

"One of the young men asked the victim if he could use his cell phone. The victim didn't have it on him, and went to turn to try and help them out, and when he did that, for an unknown reason, one of the men was armed with a handgun, fired and hit the victim in one of his legs," said Assistant Police Chief Glen Sapp.

The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Even though the man is okay, Pastor Akins said that violence like this happens too often.

"Once is too often, in a situation like this, I think it's just sad," said Akins.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Capt. Troy Gilyard with the QPD Criminal Investigation Division at (850) 627-0140 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. You could be eligible for a reward.


Press Release: Quincy Police Department

On Tuesday night at approximately 9:30PM The Quincy Police Department was called in reference to a man being shot in the leg. According to the 42 year old victim he was approached by four black males while working at Haupilla Produce located at 1800 Florida Avenue.

One of the males asked the victim to use his cell phone. The victim declined and turned to walk away from the men when one of them fired a handgun striking him in the leg. The four suspects fled the area on foot and have not been identified at this time.

The victim was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he was treated for the gunshot wound. The victim is expected to recover.

The four suspects were described as wearing white colored T shirts. The shooter possibly wore a small afro type hair style. According to Asst. Chief Glenn Sapp “someone in the community knows who this criminal is who shot this victim for no reason and we need that information to help us close this case with an arrest”.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Capt. Troy Gilyard with the QPD Criminal Investigation Division at (850) 627-0140 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. If your information leads to an arrest you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.


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