UPDATE - October 7, 2011 at 2pm by Jerry Askin
18-year-old Edema Abrakata has been arrested in connection with the shooting of 17-year-old Lapadre Sharpe. Sharpe was shot in the back late Tuesday night at the Midway City Park.
UPDATE - October 7, 2011 at Noon by Jerry Askin
A 17-year-old boy who was shot late Tuesday night is doing a little better in the hospital.
Someone shot Lapadre Sharpe in the back around midnight at the Midway City Park. Sharpe's mother tells us her son has been taken off a ventilator and is breathing on his own again. Deputies say the 17-year-old shooting suspect turned himself in yesterday morning 10/6. Deputies also arrested 20-year-old Nicholas Parker, 19-year-old Jeffrey Robinson, and 21-year-old Jamaclia Chandler in connection to the shooting.
UPDATE - October 6, 2011 at 5:50pm by Jerry Askin
"As a mom we love our kids, and I just hate that this had to happen to him," says Erica Sampson.
It's every mother's nightmare to get the call like Erica Sampson did late Tuesday night to find out her son was shot in the back.
Gadsden County sheriff deputies say a 17-year old victim was shot around midnight at Midway City Park. And Sampson says it was her son, Lapadre Sharpe.
"I was terrified, I'm highly upset," says Sampson.
"The point of is - he had a 2-year old and in which they knew that. And I just don't see how you can shoot somebody and leave like it's nothing to it," says the victim's sister, Padrica Sharpe.
Deputies say the 17-year old shooting suspect turned himself in Wednesday morning. They also arrested 20-year old Nicholas Parker, 19-year old Jeffrey Robinson, and 21-year old Jamaclia Chandler all in connection to the shooting.
Witnesses say only minutes after the 17-year old was shot at Midway Park, he literally ran down Palmer Road and went to a nearby trailer asking for help.
"He was just knocking on the door for help and when we opened up, he just fell in my brother's arms," says Andrieka Hunter, a witness who lives at the home where the victim went after he was shot.
Sharpe was a student at Like Skills in Tallahassee. Now family members want justice as they're remaining positive in hopes of a strong recovery.
"They already had beat him and took his money. They didn't have to shoot him," says Padrica Sharpe.
"I just hate seeing my mama cry and have to worry about this. It hurts," says Shakeiceya Burgess, the victim's sister.
Deputies tell us the 17-year old shooting suspect as well as 20-year old Nicholas Parker and 19-year old Jeffrey Robinson have all been released from questioning. They say 21-year old Jamaclia Chandler remains in custody.
Deputies would not comment on the circumstances surrounding the shooting, but say the victim and the shooting suspect lived in the same neighborhood.
Midway, Florida - October 5, 2011 -
Midway Shooting Sends Juvenile to Hospital
by Ashley Mitchem
Gadsden County Deputies say a 17 year-old shot another 17-year-old late last night in the Midway City Park.
"I was shocked really scared!"
Bernard Hunter is friends with the teen who was shot...and it was his home the victim came stumbling to for help.
"He was very bad, I thought he wasn't going to survive."
Hunter's home is right down the road from the Midway City Park, where the 17 year-old was shot.
"I opened the door and when I opened the door he fell up in my son's arms and told him to please help him."
The family was in shock to see the teen shot in the back, and called 9-1-1 to get the victim help.
"He was like, I feel like I'm going to die, please ya'll don't let me die. He says where is the ambulance, and I said they are on the way just be calm."
The teen is now in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
Deputies have been questioning a 17 year old shooting suspect along with Nicholas Parker,20, and Jeffery Robinson, 19, while Jamaclia Chandler, 21, was arrested for her involvement in the shooting. She's being held on charges of conspiracy and accessory after the fact.
David Knight, Midway City Commissioner AT: 57
"It's very alarming, disturbing, it's very unfortunate that the young man has been injured . I mean he's a great kid, he works, I don't see him do anything wrong."
Mugshots of the suspects are attached to the story.
Just before 12:00 am this morning, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Midway, Florida where a “banging” at the front door woke up a family. The homeowner responded to the knocking only to open it and have a juvenile victim collapse inside of her residence. The 17-year-old victim told another resident inside of
the home that he was shot in the back by a 17-year-old juvenile, who is known to the victim and currently a suspect.
The victim was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and is listed in critical condition.
The 17-year-old shooting suspect and resident of Midway, Florida, who was identified as the shooter by the victim, turned himself in to the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office this morning. The suspect is being questioned by investigators about his involvement at this
time. Investigators also apprehended two other suspects, 20-year-old Nicholas L. Parker and 19-year-old Jeffrey Robinson, both residents of Midway, Florida and are also waiting to be questioned. Jamaclia Andranctte Chandler, a 21-year-old
female, was arrested last night for her involvement in the shooting. Chandler is held on charges of conspiracy and accessory after the fact.
The investigation into the shooting continues and more information will be forthcoming.