Three indicted in deadly Putnam Drive shooting

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By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 12, 2018

Reginald Brown, Davaris Dawes, and Demarlis Martin.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Leon County grand jury has indicted three men in a deadly shooting.

Reginald Brown, Davaris Dawes and Demarlis Martin were indicted on charges of first degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Keives Brooks. It also indicted them on two counts of attempted murder for shooting two other people there that night.

Brooks was gunned down at an apartment on Putnam Drive in September. Court papers say Brown, Davis and Martin went there to retaliate for an argument earlier in the day.

By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 6, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Three men are facing murder charges in the fatal shooting of a teen on Putnam Drive in September.

Suspects Reginald Brown, 21, Davaris Dawes, 18, and Demarlis Martin, 19, were arrested over the weekend.

The September 19th shooting killed 19-year-old Keives Brooks and injured two other teens.

According to court documents, the motive for the shooting stemmed from a verbal altercation that the victims and one of the suspects had earlier in the day.

In a group text message on the afternoon of the shooting, the suspects allegedly discussed waiting for the victims to arrive at their apartment on Putnam Drive in order to retaliate.

Brown, Dawes and Martin are all charged with premeditated murder and two counts of attempted murder.

All three suspects are being held in the Leon County Detention Facility without bond.

By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tuesday night was a very active scene on the 400 block of Putnam Drive, as police responded to reports of gunshots.

"I heard about 6-7 gunshots.”

"I didn’t know that he had been shot at the time and all of a sudden I seen all of the cops.”

"It was crazy. I didn't know that it was so wild out here like that.”

Wednesday, it was a completely different look, but the feelings among residents remain the same. Many of them say they were shocked, to learn 19-year-old Keives Brooks died in the shooting.

"My heart goes out to the family, because you can't bring a life back. I don't care what anyone says, a life is more valuable than gun violence," said Katie Lynn Jordan, a resident living just across the street.

There have been at least twenty shootings in Tallahassee since June. Seven people have died. Two of the shootings that have happened in the last two weeks, have been less than one mile from FAMU’s campus.

Campus Police Chief Terence Calloway explained that no matter what's going on outside, their goal is to keep students safe while on the inside.

“As a parent they are more concerned with how safe their child is while walking from one building to the next,” Calloway explained.

Tyler Gathers is a student in Tallahassee. He said he recently moved to an apartment complex on Putnam Dr. He said he knew it would be different living off campus, but he didn’t expect this.

"My mom, told me when I first moved, this is not campus and to be careful. This is the real world, and I know this is the real world, but dang not that real,” Gathers said.

Two other people were injured in that shooting. The Tallahassee Police Department is still investigating.

By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has identified the victim of a fatal shooting on Putnam Drive on Tuesday night.

Officials say Keives Brooks, 19, died from injuries he sustained in the incident.

Two other young men, an 18-year-old and 19-year-old, were also injured in the shooting.

TPD’s Violent Crimes Unit has been working the case and says they believe all persons involved knew each other prior to the shooting.

Although police did initially detain several people at the scene, no arrests have been made at this time. Officials say the investigation is open and ongoing.

Technicians with TPD’s Forensic Unit are continuing to review all collected evidence.

Police are asking anyone who was at the scene, but did not speak with TPD officers, to call (850) 891-4200. Anyone with information may also call Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS if they wish to remain anonymous.

By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 19, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- One person is dead and another is in custody following a shooting on Putnam Drive.

The Tallahassee Police Department confirms that the incident happened around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at 400 Putnam Drive. The Alliance at 400 apartment complex is listed at this address.

At the scene, arriving officers and emergency personnel provided medical attention to multiple victims, who were then taken to a local hospital for their injuries. TPD has not announced how many people were involved or given an update on their conditions.

Tallahassee Police confirm that one person died from their injuries, and one suspect was taken into custody.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on this case to call (850) 891-4200, or to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.

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