Man shoots at car, kills self on downtown street


Officers and detectives with Gainesville Police Department investigate the scene of an apparent suicide late Sunday near University Avenue and Main Street in Gainesville, Fla. Witnesses said a man was shooting along the roadway before turning the gun on himself.

Amber Swal/Correspondent
Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 12:39 p.m.

Police say a man shot at a car and then killed himself late Sunday night outside a nightclub on Main Street.

Gainesville Police Department public information officer Ben Tobias said several people called 911 to report shots fired near the intersection of South Main Street and University Avenue. Witnesses said the shooting happened shortly before midnight.

The male victim, whose name has not been released, was lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head, Tobias said. Next to him police found a Glock handgun and bullet casings, he said.

Amber Swal, 22, said she was delivering a birthday cake to a friend and saw several police cars around the area of the shooting. She didn’t see a body, she said, but did get a look at the aftermath of the incident.

“His Adidas were in the road, and the door (to his car) was open,” she said. “His blood was on the pavement.”

According to police, the man pulled out a handgun and fired at a black Nissan. He then turned the gun on himself. They do not yet know if he was on foot or driving, Tobias said. It was not clear why he fired at the Nissan.

One of the 911 callers said a person was in the roadway and may have shot himself. Officer Tony Lipski responded, and witnesses told him the Nissan left the area, going south.

Tiffany McBride, 29, saw police putting a body onto a gurney and covering him with a yellow sheet. She was leaving a show at High Dive at 210 SW Second Ave. and headed to Main Street Billiards, just before midnight.

She said people around the crime scene told her they heard five shots.

GPD officers gave the victim first aid, Tobias said, until emergency workers arrived and transported the victim to Shands at the University of Florida, where he later died from his wound.

When the Nissan was located, police found three bullet holes in the vehicle, in the hood and passenger’s side fender, Tobias said, and the occupants of the vehicle were among the witnesses.

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