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911 callers in Tallahassee apartment shooting describe gunfire, shooters

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Published: Apr. 24, 2017 at 6:55 PM EDT
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By: Lanetra Bennett

April 28, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The 911 calls from the Commons Apartments started out Sunday evening complaining about the crowds from the pool party. Then, the calls turned into reports of gunshots fired.

One caller said, "There's a bunch of gunshots going off. There's like a ton of people here and there's guns going off non-stop. Yeah, everyone's running."

Another caller told a 911 operator, "I already put in a request, but, we have what sounds like shots fired at the Commons; gunfire. How many shots did you hear? I'm hearing a lot of them. So far, it sounds like eight, then another eight, and then five, I believe."

There are 28 911 calls from the day of the shooting. The first 911 call about the shooting came in at 6:47 p.m., with the rest coming in on top of each other.

In one call, you can hear gunshots in the background while the caller is talking. She said, "It's a guy walking around in front of the building in red shorts; no shirt, just red shorts. He's walking in front of the building, like he's pacing back and forth in front of the building. [pow, pow, pow]. Oh, they're shooting again."

The woman was so close she could hear the shooter talk. She said on the 911 call that someone asked a question, then a man said, "I only got one shot off and the then it jammed."

Another caller said, "Hi, I'm in the Commons and there's some shooting right outside my window. I heard one. Then I saw the guy return fire like three times, and then he went out of where I can see. Then it was like five or six. He had black shorts, no shirt, a shirt over his shoulder. I think black tennis shoes."

Police are still investigating.


By: Lanetra Bennett

April 25, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee Police have released photos of a car and man suspected of being involved in an apartment complex shooting.

The shooting happened around 6:48 p.m. Sunday at the Commons on West Tharpe Street.

TPD released the photos Tuesday afternoon. Officers say witnesses saw someone shooting from a black Dodge Charger, as well as shooting at that car. The photos also show a man that witnesses say was firing a gun.

Those who live in the Commons describe the pool party as overcrowded. Many residents believe there wasn't enough security there.

A private security company was at the complex. TPD says its department did not have any off-duty officers working the party.

One man who lives there, says apartment complex managers should've hired police officers. "They were not willing to put in the resources and time to hiring off duty police officers who are trained and capable of handling such events. It was such of a mismanaged event that it literally led to shots being fired." The man said.

TPD Spokesperson Officer David Northway says TPD normally discourages large pool parties of this nature because of the dangers that could come with them.

WCTV tried to reach out to the managers at the Commons again Tuesday, but, still haven't heard back from them.

We did speak to someone with the Miami Boyz, who confirmed the group organized the pool party. She said the Commons worked with them and gave them the opportunity to host the party.

Two people were shot in the shooting. Police say their wounds were not serious.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

April 25, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has released surveillance photos of a vehicle believed to be involved in a shooting at The Commons apartment complex on Sunday.

The shooting left two people with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Witnesses have stated they saw gunfire coming from within the vehicle and also being fired at the vehicle. Police say the male circled in red in the photos was seen by witnesses firing a gun during the incident.

Investigators are seeking to identify the male circled in red, the pictured vehicle and all occupants. They are asking anyone with information about this case to please call them at (850) 891-4200 or CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

April 24, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department says two people were shot during a pool party at The Commons apartment complex Sunday.

The two people suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds. One of the victims was transported to Capital Regional Medical Center, and the other victim refused treatment.

TPD is asking anyone with information about this incident to please contact them at (850) 891-4200 or via Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.


By: Lanetra Bennett

April 24, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- There's been a lot of confusion and concern after reports of a shooting during a big gathering at The Commons Apartments on West Tharpe Street in Tallahassee.

One resident at the complex Monday said he heard five sets of gunshots Sunday afternoon.

Sarah Cameron says someone told her they heard at least three sets.

Cameron said she left her apartment to go grocery shopping, and she was trapped in the car for about an hour. "We just went outside and there were people everywhere just filling the streets. You couldn't even drive without almost hitting someone." She said.

After returning an hour later, Cameron said, "There were about 20 cop cars out here. There were so many. We had no idea what was going on. It was really scary."

Cameron says the only thing she knows is that there was a huge party at the Commons Apartments. Any other information she heard is from stories circulating around the complex and on social media.

She said, "When fear strikes, you may interpret things differently. There was a lot of screaming and running from what I heard, people running down that hill down there trying to get away. I've seen some videos on Twitter where people were like, no no, I can't die, not today. I can't imagine what the scene was like."

"There were rows of people trying to get out on all sides." Said one resident named, Brianna.

Brianna left the complex before police arrived and before the reports of a shooting started circulating.

She said, "I heard all this noise. I was trying to leave. It took me an hour to get out of this parking lot because it was just crowds of people blocking the parking lot. I didn't know what was going on. They didn't really tell us they were having a party or whatever."

"We just want some concrete information on what's going on." Cameron said.

None of the spokespeople with the Tallahassee Police Department have answered or returned our calls. Residents say officers were asking around Sunday if residents knew anything about a shooting.

Residents say they have not gotten any answers from apartment managers. We have not either.