Saxon Shooting Suspect Appears in Court

By: James Buechele; Julie Montanaro Email
By: James Buechele; Julie Montanaro Email

Tallahassee, FL 4.25.12

A man arrested for a shooting in Tallahassee two weeks ago 4-11-12 faced a judge today 4-25-12

Chaddrick Groomes appeared before a judge earlier today 4-25-12. Groomes is facing a second degree murder charge in connection with a shooting on Saxon Street. He was held without bond. Groomes next court date has yet to be set. A public defender has been assigned to handle his case. Denise Collins was also arrested for the shooting. A court date for her has not been set.

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UPDATED 4.24.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Two people were arrested today for their role in a shooting on Saxon Street.

Denise Collins and Chaddrick Groomes were arrested today and accused of attacking a man back on April 11th.

Arrest papers say Collins threatened the man with a bat and struck his car with it.

Police say when the man grabbed the bat and pushed her to the ground, Groomes got out of another car and shot him.

The victim told police he used to date Collins and Groomes was her new boyfriend. He told police he had received harassing phone calls from them in the days before the shooting.

Court records show that Collins was arrested this morning and charged with aggravated assault and criminal mischief. She has already been released on $5500 bond.

Court records show Groomes was arrested this afternoon for attempted second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and more. His first appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
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[UPDATE] April 24, 2012 -

On April 11, 2012 TPD responded to the 2500 block of Saxon Street for a shooting. Upon arrival it was determined Darren Davis received a gunshot wound to the shoulder area and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Further investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division led to two possible suspects- Denise Collins and Chaddrick Groomes. After consulting with the State Attorney’s Office, warrants were issued for the two suspects and they were apprehend this morning by members of TPD’s Career Criminal Unit and the U.S. Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Please see the attached probable cause warrants for more details.

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UPDATED 4.12.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A shooting on Saxon Street happened in broad daylight as young children played nearby.

Tallahassee Police are not releasing any more information about it today, but witnesses tell us a man was pulled from his car, beaten and shot.

"I just heard pop, pop, pop, pop and I just ran out the door and started calling my daughters," said a woman who lives just a few doors down.

The woman and most of her neighbors are too scared to face our cameras, but what she and her children saw Wednesday night still makes her tremble.

"I come out my door and I seen a guy holding his neck and holding another part that was leaking blood and I just seen him collapse," she said.

Tallahassee Police were called to the scene at about 6:45 Wednesday evening. A gunshot victim was lying in the middle of Saxon Street. Officers aren't commenting on what happened.

Neighbors tell us two cars pulled up. One pulled in front of the man's car and another behind it.

"Like they almost had him blocked in like they didn't want him to go anywhere," the woman said.

Some witnesses saw the whole thing. They had plenty to say off camera. Several said a woman with a bat dragged the man out of his car and then a group of men and women got out of the other cars and attacked him.

"It's a lot for it to happen right here, you know, in broad daylight while the kids are out here playing. They have no regard for the kids or nothing," the woman said.

"I seen this guy laying down in blood. That's my first time ever seeing it. I don't want to ... it's not pretty. It's scary," neighbor Jewelry Holden said.

Holden takes care of children down the street.

"I'm afraid, I'm afraid for the kids, for my neighbors. I'm afraid. Something needs to be done about it," she said.

Tallahassee Police are not releasing the victim's name or any updates on his condition.

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UPDATED 4.12.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Tallahassee Police are not releasing any new information on a Wednesday night shooting on Saxon Street.

They are not releasing the victim's name or his condition. They are not commenting on a motive or any possible suspects either.

Neighbors tell us they can't believe this happened in broad daylight. They tell us it happened as children played outside.

There are blood stains on both the sidewalk and the street in the 2500 block of Saxon Street where the man was shot.

Eyewitnesses tell us a car pulled up in front of the man's car and another behind it. They say a woman with a bat forced the man out of his car and several other men and women poured out of the cars and beat him.

Eyewitnesses say the man was shot in the neck and shoulder. They tell us he collapsed in the street as he tried to make it back to his car.
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Tallahassee, FL -- April 11, 2012 -- 11:07 p.m.

The shooting took place just blocks from Nims Middle school which is located off of Orange Avenue. Officer David Northway says the public should not be worried about a random shooter on the loose.

"Shootings don't tend to be random," said David Northway, "They are usually for a specific reason. There is nothing to indicate that there is someone on the loose who is randomly shooting people."
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Tallahassee, FL -- April 11, 2012 --

David Northway, TPD's Public Information Officer, says that at 6:47 PM officers came out to Saxon Street and found a victim lying in the street with gunshot wounds. He was taken to an area hospital to be treated.

The victim was a black male, age unknown, name unknown, and shooter is at large.

Police are taking photos of a car in the street. near the scene of the crime.


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