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Overnight Shooting

A Tallahassee teen is facing two counts of attempted murder. The charges stem from a shooting incident being investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department.

One of the victims is just 14; the other is 20, and police say the suspect is only 17. They also say the shooting is loosely related to gang activity.

Authorities say just past midnight on Zillah Street, bullets sprayed into a group of teenagers, breaking up part of what witnesses say was a graduation celebration.

Authorities say the problem is gang rivalry.

"There have been some problems between the north side of town and the south side of town neighborhoods.”

"There have been a couple problems in the last couple of months. I think this is the first time there's ever been a shooting over it," said LT Brian Donaldson with the Tallahassee Police Department.

Police say a trail of blood led them to 17-year-old suspect Jermar Tillie. Rescue crews took the 14 and 20-year-old victims to the hospital where they were treated for gunshot wounds.

Neighbors say the chaos of the crowd got out of control.

"I came out the door and this little girl was like in a panic and she was just crying and I asked her what was going on and she said her sister was shot. Somebody shot her sister," said Linda Sleasman, who lives near the scene of the shooting.

Sleasman says one of the stray bullets went through her car door. She's thankful she wasn't inside the car at the time.

Tallahassee police have held summits to confront teen violence, but the chief has come just short of saying that Tallahassee has a problem with gangs.

Authorities say back in 2002 the shooting death of 20-year-old Cedric Davis exposed two groups with a huge rivalry. Those two groups were the south side and the north side boys.


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