Police: Gunman shot during home invasion robbery

Published: Friday, September 13, 2013 at 11:29 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 at 11:29 a.m.

A home invasion robbery Thursday night in northwest Gainesville ended with one gunman being shot multiple times and another culprit fleeing and remaining on the loose, police reported.

At around 10:47 p.m., the two men forced their way into an apartment in the Georgetown Apartments complex, located at 1324 NW 16th Ave., the Gainesville Police Department reported. The men were brandishing firearms and went immediately to the back bedroom, where two women were sleeping, and demanded money, striking one of the women in the head with a pistol, police said.

Meantime, a man who had been in the kitchen when the gunmen burst in armed himself with a gun and ran out the front door, police said. He soon returned through the front door and confronted one of the gunmen, shooting him multiple times, after which the gunman fell to the floor, police said.

The other gunman then fled through the back door, taking one of the women’s cellphone and the other’s wallet, police said. He dropped the wallet, phone and a .357-caliber revolver outside the apartment after leaving, police reported.

The wounded gunman was identified as John B. Whitehurst II, 41, of 2403 NE 12th St. He was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital for treatment and later charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm and grand theft.

Police have not yet identified the other gunman.

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