Police: Gainesville Shooting Victim May Have Shot Himself
By Sam Burroughs
and Amber Dawson
A man’s possibly life-threatening injuries from Tuesday’s afternoon shooting in Gainesville may be self-inflicted, police said Wednesday.
Gainesville Police Department spokesman Ben Tobias said in an email investigators believe the victim shot himself.
According to medical staff, he may regain consciousness today. GPD investigators will then try to interview him.
Police roped off the scene of a Gainesville shooting Tuesday afternoon. Investigators believe the victim's gunshot may be self-inflicted.
The shooting, which occurred around 2:30 p.m. at a neighborhood north of Sugarhill, was originally reported a medical emergency, Tobias said in an interview.
“The caller reported that a male was laying on the ground bleeding from his chest,” Tobias said.
GPD didn’t know who made the call but knew it wasn’t the homeowner, he said. Officers found a 23-year-old man laying in the side yard by a shed suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest.
An ambulance drove the man to the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, Tobias said. A gun was found, but police don’t know yet if it was used in the shooting.
Detectives are currently talking to witnesses and doing forensic analysis. The victim is not related to the homeowner, Tobias said.
“He was recently released from jail and needed a place to stay, and she knew that and allowed him into her home,” he said.