Local residents relieved Havana shooting suspect caught, manhunt over

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 3, 2019

HAVANA, Fla. (WCTV) -- The manhunt for Shamar Sutton, 27, ended in Tallahassee Thursday afternoon. Police say he was arrested at a home in the 200 block of Tropicaire Street.

He was wanted for shooting three people in Havana Wednesday near the Havana Heights Apartments at 16th Avenue and 4th Street.

The shooting and the search for the suspect shook up the small town of Havana. Havana resident Christina McLean described what she saw outside of her apartment as a movie scene.

"There was SWAT in camouflage crouched down over there, the helicopter was circling around repeatedly. Then, you see officers coming from all sides and all angles with their guns out," she said.

Then she got a loud knock on her front door.

"They made us come out of the house so that they can go in the house and check literally every door, every closet, the refrigerator, everything. They checked everything to make sure no one else was in the home. They went apartment by apartment," McLean said.

K-9 units also were out looking for Sutton Wednesday.

Authorities say he shot his target, a man who was sitting inside a car outside of the apartments. Stray bullets hit a woman and her daughter through their apartment window.

"This has to stop. It's happening too frequently, too close to home. These bullets are right here where we can all hear them. We hear gunshots all the time," McLean said.

"My child was murdered up here in 1997," Havana resident Beatrice Lewis said.

She says her son was killed right in front of her in the same area.

"Right across from Havana Heights. The boy shot him in the eye, from about here to that bag there in front of me, with a 380," Lewis said.

Residents were scared and saddened to see another crime scene.

"Since I have kids, this made me really nervous," McLean said.

Residents are relieved to know Sutton has been arrested. They say they never want to experience anything like this again.

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