Jealousy motivation behind attack, police say

Published: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

A Gainesville man was held on charges of attempted murder after police reported he tried to shoot another man early Thursday.

Marion Milton Coleman III, 21, was being held without bond at the Alachua County jail on charges of attempted murder, burglary of an occupied dwelling, simple battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Gainesville Police reported.

Police allege Coleman broke into an apartment on NE 15th Street, where his ex-girlfriend had been staying. Coleman, according to officers, fought with a man at the residence. When the man tried to leave the apartment, police said Coleman followed, armed himself with a gun and fired at him.

The incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m., according to a police report.

The victim was bitten during the fight with Coleman but was not injured by the gun, police reported.

Jealousy appeared to be the motive for the fight and the shooting, said police spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg.

Coleman, who left the area in a car, was located near the complex.

A .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol magazine was found in the car's trunk, according to police.

Officers also searched along the apparent path of the car and found a handgun.

Coleman has two previous felony convictions and is now on probation for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, an arrest report stated.

Lise Fisher can be reached at 352-374-5092 or

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