BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gainesville Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a person who was in the area of last night’s double homicide.
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Anyone with information can contact GPD Detective Bernal at 352-393-7729 or [email protected]. You can remain anonymous by reporting tips to the Alachua County Crime Stoppers at www.stopcrime.tv.
At about 1:45 a.m., a 911 call was received from a person who said he had been shot; calls were also received from people who heard gunshots. The victim was transported to the hospital, and GPD responded to the 200 block of NW 3rd Avenue, where they tactically advanced to a residence. Officers found a male victim on the ground who had been shot in the head and killed. While conducting a safety sweep of the residence, they found a female victim inside who had also been shot in the head and killed.
After the residence was cleared, a perimeter was established, and a request was sent to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ASO) for K-9 assistance, although one of the GPD K-9 teams was on duty at the time and was not deployed. The request was initially approved by an ASO shift commander, but the approval was overturned by members of the command staff; as we have written previously, an ASO spokesman told us the agency will not provide K-9 assistance to GPD except in an “exigent” situation. GPD conducted a grid search and deployed a drone but did not locate any suspects.