[UPDATE] Lowe's Shooting Suspect Enters Plea

By: Eyewitness News; Mike Springer; Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News; Mike Springer; Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 8.14.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A teenager accused in a shooting outside a Tallahassee' Lowe's store entered a plea today.

16 year old Dewaymond Rittman entered a no contest plea today to charges of attempted murder and attempted armed robbery. He'll be sentenced in October.

The three other men arrested in the shootout are still awaiting trial.

All four men were arrested in March for a botched drug deal and robbery in the parking lot of the Lowe's on Capital Circle Northwest.

There was an exchange of gunfire and two of the men were shot. No one else was hurt.
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UPDATED 4.9.2012 by Julie Montanaro

The fourth suspect in a parking lot shooting at Lowe's is now behind bars.

Gerrod Baker was shot in the chest during a botched drug robbery March 30th.

Court records show he was released from the hospital and booked into jail Friday afternoon. (April 6th)

Baker was denied bond at his first appearance on Saturday morning.
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[UPDATE] April 4, 2012 - by Julie Montanaro

Cadari Jones has been released from Tallahassee Memorial and arrested on drug charges.

Deputies say he was shot in the abdomen in a botched drug deal Friday as he and Gerrod Baker fired at each other.

Court records show Jones was booked into the Leon County Jail Tuesday afternoon and bonded out of jail about four hours later.

Baker is still hospitalized in fair condition.
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UPDATE 4-4-2012

A man arrested in connection with a shooting at inside the parking lot of a Tallahassee hardware store made his first court appearance last week.

Twenty-six-year-old Beshoddrick McMillan appeared before a judge Friday 3-30-12. He was held without bond. McMillan faces several robbery and firearms charges.

Deputies say Gerrod Baker, McMillan, and Dewaymond Rittman, planned to rob Cadari Jones of cash and marijuana during a drug deal. Deputies say shots were fired and Baker and Jones were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Baker remains there in 'fair' condition. Jones' condition is not known.
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UPDATE 4-2-2012

Lowe’s Shooting Incident Update
LCSO Press Release

Tallahassee, FL -- At 1:54 pm on Friday, March 30, 2012, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received reports of an altercation involving gunshots being fired in the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store parking lot located at 5500 Commonwealth Boulevard. Deputies and Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene. Witness statements and a preliminary observation of the scene indicated that three black males in a white vehicle met another black male in a gray vehicle. An altercation began which led to the gunfire. During the gunfire, two of the men were shot. One of the men was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare from the Lowe’s parking lot and another was transported from the Chevron Store located near the intersection of Tharpe Street and Mission Road.

Detectives have now confirmed that this incident was the result of a botched drug related robbery attempt. Violent Crime Detectives have also confirmed that four men were involved in the incident and
all four are in custody.

Detectives have learned that Gerrod Baker, 22, Beshoddrick McMillan, 26, and Dewaymond Rittman, 16, planned to rob Cadari Jones, Jr. 22, of his cash and a pound of marijuana that Jones had agreed to
sell the men. The men agreed to meet in the Lowe’s parking lot in order to conduct the illegal drug sale. When Jones displayed the marijuana, Baker pulled a handgun and a struggle began inside the
white Toyota that Baker, McMillan and Rittman had driven from Gadsden County. Jones was able to get out of the Toyota and make it to his silver Infiniti. Jones retrieved a handgun from the Infiniti as
Baker pursued him and the marijuana. Baker and Jones then struggled over the guns and the marijuana as they stood between the parked cars. As the struggle continued, Rittman exited the Toyota and attempted to shoot Jones with a handgun also. Rittman’s handgun however, did not fire.

During the struggle, both Jones and Baker began firing their handguns at each other. Baker was struck in the chest and Jones in the abdomen. Baker fled the area and ran towards the northwest corner of the parking lot, where he was later located by witnesses and arriving deputies. Jones fled the area in the Infiniti, but later flagged down Deputy Laurel Allie for assistance with his gunshot wound.

Rittman and McMillan were taken into custody at Lowe’s. Baker was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Jones was, also, taken to TMH.

McMillan was taken to the Leon County Jail on March 30, 2012 and Rittman was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. Baker and Jones remain at TMH. Baker and Jones will be taken to the Leon
County Jail when they are released from TMH.

Sheriff Larry Campbell stated, “Many people believe marijuana is not a dangerous drug, but this case is a good example of how dangerous and potentially deadly crimes are often closely associated with it. I’m glad no innocent bystanders were injured and I am pleased that we have all four of these men in our custody.”

ARRESTED
Beshoddrick C. McMillan
DOB: 01-17-1986
Charges: Robbery with a Firearm, Use of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony,
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Dewaymond D. Rittman
16 years old
Charges: Robbery with a Firearm, Use of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony

Gerrod D. Baker
DOB: 03-09-1990
Charges: Robbery with a Firearm, Use of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

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UPDATED 4.2.2012 by Julie Montanaro

An LCSO spokesman says two men remain hospitalized in the wake of a shooting at a Tallahassee Lowe's store Friday afternoon.

LT James McQuaig says all four men involved in the confrontation will be facing charges. He says three of the men are from Gadsden County.

McQuaig expects to release more information on the incident and the pending criminal charges later today as well are release the men's names.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - March 30, 2012

It was a shock for a lot of shoppers at the Lowes hardware store today 3-30-12 when gun fire broke out in the parking lot there.
Leon County Deputies say it all started with a drug deal.

"I come to Lowe's two or three times a week and I never think about something like this happening," Gloria Smith, a Lowes shopper.

Gloria Smith came to Lowes to buy flowers. But what she found instead was a crime scene.

Just before 2 p.m., gun shots rang out at the Lowes parking lot off of Capital Circle Northwest. Deputies say it started when four men met here for a drug deal. That's when bullets started flying and two of the men were shot.

"We started securing the parking lot. We've located two scenes in the parking lot and a third scene in relation to this disturbance," says Lt. James McQuaig of the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

That scene is right up the road at the intersection of Tharpe Street and Mission Road. That's where one of the men shot was found. The two men were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. One with serious injuries. The other man's injures are not believed to be life-threatening.

Smith says the news of the shooting has her worried about her safety.

"Bullets don't know no body and the children are in and out and people are out and about," says Smith.

Lowes says none of its employees or customers were injured in the shooting. The store remains open.

Deputies have not released the names of the men. But all four men are in custody at this time.
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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - March 30, 2012
LCSO Press Release

LCSO Investigating Shooting Incident

At 1:54 pm on Friday, March 30, 2012, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received reports of an altercation involving gunshots being fired in the Lowe’s home improvement store parking lot located at 5500 Commonwealth Boulevard. Deputies and Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene. Witness statements and a preliminary observation of the scene indicated that three black males in a white vehicle met another black male in a gray vehicle. An altercation began which led to the gunfire. During the gunfire, two of the men were shot. One of the men was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare from the Lowe’s parking lot and another was transported from the Chevron Store located near the intersection of Tharpe Street and Mission Road.

Detectives have now confirmed that this incident was the result of a botched drug-related robbery attempt. Violent Crime Detectives has also confirmed that four men were involved in the incident and
all four are in custody.

One of the men sustained a non life-threatening gunshot wound and the other sustained a serious gunshot wound. Both remain at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare at this time.

More information will be provided when available.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - March 30, 2012 - 4:37pm

Lowes Spokesperson Karen Cobb says, "It appears those involved in the shooting had no relationship with the company. No customers or employees appear to have been injured."

The store was not evacuated or put on lock down and did not close.

Lowes is cooperating with law enforcement and their investigation.

Deputies blocked the store’s parking lot entrance for the investigation.

The entrance to the store is still open.

Cobb says customer flow is now back to normal.

A section of the back parking lot is still closed off for the investigation.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - March 30, 2012 - 4:15pm -

Two people were shot in the parking lot of Lowe's on Commonwealth Blvd. near I-10. The victims have been taken to TMH.

Deputies say both arrived at TMH alive, but no word on their current conditions.

The area of the Lowes parking lot where the shooting happened is still blocked off.

Deputies say one of the wounded people was picked up from a gas station at the corner of Mission Rd and Tharpe Street and transported to the hospital.

The other person was transported to the hospital directly from the Lowes parking lot.

Still no word on identities or a motive in the shooting.

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Tallahassee, Florida - March 30, 2012 - 3pm -

Eyewitness News has learned that two people were shot in the parking lot of Lowe's on Commonwealth Blvd. near I-10. The victims have been taken to TMH. Their conditions and identities are unknown at this time.

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital is monitoring access to the Emergency Room at this time.

A second scene is being investigated at Mission and Tharpe in connection with the Lowe's parking lot shooting.

Eyewitness News has a reporter on the scene.

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Tallahassee, Florida - March 30, 2012 - 2:28pm -

Multiple people have been shot at the Lowe's on Capital Circle NW, according to Lt. James McQuaig with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

The Lowe's is located at 5500 Commonwealth Blvd. near I-10

Eyewitness News has a reporter headed to the scene. Stay with WCTV for details.


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