2 wounded in shooting at Newberry home

Published: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 3:49 p.m.

A man and woman were wounded Monday night in a shooting that occurred at a Newberry-area home where two children live, Alachua County Sheriff’s officials said.

Alachua deputies were called to a home at 3707 NW County Road 235 at 10:36 p.m. on a report that some suspicious people were near the home. A later call said the victims had been shot, according to the sheriff’s office.

They arrived to find that a man and woman were injured, but the two children, ages 7 and 10, were OK, according to Sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey.

The victims, who were not identified, were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The children went as well and then were released to relatives, Forgey said. As of Tuesday afternoon, both victims remained in the hospital.

The home, which is in a rural stretch of Alachua County, was hit by a large number of bullets fired from multiple locations, the report said. Furniture inside the house where one of the children had been resting was hit several times.

Investigators say it is not clear why the family was targeted.

“Now, it’s the hard part,” Forgey said. “We have to do the legwork and tie all the evidence together.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Alachua County Dispatch at 955-1818 or CrimeStoppers at 372-7867. Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and seizure of a firearm is eligible for a $1,000 cash reward through the Alachua County Gun Bounty Program.

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