1 dead, 2 wounded in shootings near Archer
Published: Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:09 a.m.
One person was killed and two others were wounded Sunday night in a pair of shootings in a rural neighborhood near Archer, authorities said.
Details were sketchy as investigators tried to sort out the series of events surrounding the bloodshed.
Around 10 p.m., two hours after the initial call, deputies found a man shot to death in the woods. Alachua County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Todd Kelly said the man was a suspect in the initial shootings. His identity has not been released.
Shortly before 11 p.m., a second man was found walking out of the woods. Kelly said the man was not arrested at that point as investigators continued to figure out the circumstances.
Deputies were first dispatched to a home at 9816 SW 162nd Avenue around 8 p.m. Kelly said there were a half-dozen people in the house and two of them had been shot.
One man was shot in the abdomen and a 24-year-old woman had been shot in the left arm with the bullet then going into her abdomen. She was taken to Shands at the University of Florida. The identities of the victims were not released and their condition was unknown at press time.
Investigators have not released any information about whatever sparked the incident at the house.
Deputies assisted by members of the Gainesville Police Department had set up roadblocks and a two-mile perimeter surrounding the shooting scenes.
For nearly three hours after the initial call, police in a helicopter and a state Department of Corrections K-9 unit on the ground searched the woods. Investigators at one point were broadcasting through loudspeakers into the treeline after hearing voices calling for help.