Man in downtown shooting identified as Columbia resident

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: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 11:19 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 11:58 a.m.

The Gainesville Police Department has identified the man officers say shot at a passing car before shooting himself late Sunday night on Main Street as Stephen James Osborn, 22.

Police and witnesses said Osborn, from the town of Lulu in Columbia County, was sitting in a gold Honda sedan on South Main Street just south of University Avenue shortly before midnight.

A southbound black Nissan Altima was stopped at the traffic light at that intersection, Officer Ben Tobias said. When the traffic light changed, Osborn then pulled out a handgun and shot at the Nissan as it passed by, hitting it three times, Tobias said.

No one in the Nissan was injured, and Tobias said it was not clear why Osborn shot at the car.

Osborn then turned the gun on himself, witnesses said.

An examination of Osborn at the scene showed the wound was self-inflicted, Tobias said, adding that there was no possibility of the round coming from the Altima.

Police found Osborn lying on the road outside of his vehicle with a Glock handgun and shell casings nearby.

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