One person arrested, two others released in connection to North Monroe St. shooting in Tallahassee

Two people were shot in broad daylight near the Envision Credit Union in Tallahassee Friday morning
Suspects in custody after Tallahassee double shooting
Published: May. 5, 2023 at 12:30 PM EDT|Updated: May. 8, 2023 at 3:39 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - One person has been arrested in connection to a Friday morning shooting in the parking lot of Envision Credit Union off North Monroe Street, according to Tallahassee Police.

That suspect has been identified as Johnathan Wooten, 50. Wooten is now facing attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm by an out-of-state convicted felon.

TPD said Wooten and both of the victims arrived at the bank together to allegedly take out money to buy drugs. A short time later, police say an argument started between the three people. That is when Wooten allegedly shot the two victims and took off from the scene. As of Monday at about 3:30 p.m., both victims are still in serious conditions, according to TPD.

WCTV had previously reported that two other people were arrested in Thomas County after a police chase involving a pick-up truck matching the one seen leaving the area of the bank in Tallahassee earlier in the day. Tallahassee Police said in a press release Sunday morning that those two individuals “apprehended in Thomas County were not involved in the shooting and were subsequently released.”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Three people were apprehended in south Georgia in connection to the shooting of two people near a Tallahassee bank on Friday, said law enforcement.

TPD says a man and woman were seriously injured in a shooting
TPD says a man and woman were seriously injured in a shooting(WCTV)

The victims, a man and a woman, were left in serious condition after being shot near the Envision Credit Union on North Monroe Street around 11:15 a.m., said a Tallahassee Police Department Spokesperson. The agency publicly shared a photo of a white pick-up truck with an FSU-Alabama house-divided license plate that was believed to have been involved.

TPD searching for white pickup truck connected to shooting
TPD searching for white pickup truck connected to shooting(TPD)

Several hours later, the truck was spotted across state lines in South Georgia by a Thomas County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services staff member, TCSO Captain Steven Jones told WCTV’S Katie Kaplan.

The staff member reported the sighting over the radio around 2 p.m., and several TCSO Deputies, as well as the Thomasville Police Department, responded, he said. A short pursuit ensued until the driver of the truck lost control and spun out near North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Cairo Road, Jones said.

According to Jones, one suspect was captured around 2:30 p.m. after bailing out of the wrecked vehicle. The second was allegedly found in an area the chase passed through. A gun was found inside the wrecked vehicle, he said.

Two of the suspects were arrested and are expected to face charges in Thomas County. One is “related to charges out of Tallahassee,” Jones said. The second pertains to traffic violations from fleeing authorities in Georgia, along with “charges out of Tallahassee,” he added.

A third suspect was also detained for questioning, according to Tallahassee Police. No arrests have been made by TPD yet.

The suspects will be held at the Thomas County Jail until they are extradited back to Tallahassee to face any potential charges there, Jones said. The truck would be impounded at a secure location to ensure it is preserved for TPD’s investigation, he said.

Neither the suspects nor the victims have been identified and the relationship between them has not been made clear. However, during a media briefing from the shooting scene earlier in the day, TPD Chief Lawrence Revell said the group knew each other and had been riding in the truck together at the time of the shooting.

The shooting did not take place inside the bank and there is no indication the building was targeted, he said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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