‘Remain vigilant:’ Man attacked with axe, another man shot an hour later near Old Bainbridge Road

As of Thursday at 10:30 p.m., police are still searching for a suspect and warn residents to “remain vigilant and call 911 if they observe anything suspicious”
Police say north Tallahassee axe attack and shooting are connected
Published: Aug. 17, 2023 at 6:58 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2023 at 10:48 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - An axe attack and a shooting near Old Bainbridge Road and Fred George Road in northwest Tallahassee left two men seriously injured Thursday.

The two violent incidents happened apart from each other but in the same area of northwest Tallahassee Thursday evening, according to the Tallahassee Police Department. TPD says they believe the incidents are related, and as of 10:30 p.m., police say they are still searching for a suspect.

“The suspect is not in custody at this time and we’re continuing to urge residents in the area to remain vigilant and call 911 if they observe anything suspicious,” TPD public information officer Heather Merritt wrote in a message to WCTV.

In the first incident, police received word of an axe attack and found a man with “serious injuries” at about 4:15 p.m., according to a TPD press release. He was transported to a hospital for treatment, according to TPD.

Then, just over an hour later at about 5:30 p.m., police received word of a shooting near a wooded area off of Fred George Road. Once there, officers found a man with life-threatening injuries. He was also transported to a hospital for treatment.

As of about 10:30 p.m., Merritt said both victims are still alive. No other details on their conditions are available at this time.

Police advised residents to be careful.

“TPD urges citizens to be cautious in the North Monroe Street corridor near Mission Road, Fred George Road and Old Bainbridge Road,” TPD said in a press release.

Both TPD and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene Thursday, and law enforcement shut down eastbound Fred George Road at Old Bainbridge Road while they worked. At least a dozen patrol units flooded the area, including unmarked vehicles and a helicopter.

Officers expanded the search area to the woods off Fred George Road and pushed the public back while they worked.

As of 10:30 p.m., TPD said that roadblock remains in place.

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