Man who was shot in face during home invasion still hospitalized


Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.

A Gainesville man who was shot in the face and the man who shot him are both still at UF Health Shands Hospital, police say.

The victim of the attack is expected to survive and the alleged shooter, Matthew Banks, 26, of 2229 SE 30th Drive, is still in the intensive-care unit, Gainesville Police Department spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said.

Officials didn’t release the name of the victim.

Police said the victim was sleeping early Saturday at his house at 1222 SE 10th St., when Banks and possibly a second person entered the house.

A woman in the house said she heard two loud booms and the victim yelling that he had been shot in the face, the police report said.

The woman then got a handgun from her closet and shot Banks in the leg with a handgun, police said, and he reportedly told the other person to run because she had a gun.

Police found Banks on the house’s lawn with a pistol nearby, the report said.

Banks is a student at City College and a convicted felon, Tobias said. He added that police are searching for a second person, but are not sure if he or she actually exists.

Banks was arrested on felony charges of attempted murder, home invasion robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. As of Monday, he was being held on $5 million bond.

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