Home / Public safety / Police: Gainesville Shooting Victim May Have Shot Himself

Police: Gainesville Shooting Victim May Have Shot Himself

By and

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.

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.

About Sam Burroughs

Check Also

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, right, conducts a meeting with U.S. Attorney Lee Bentley, concerning the Pulse nightclub mass shooting at the U.S. Attorney's office, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Attorney General Tells Orlando’s Gays: ‘We Stand With You’

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is visiting Orlando to meet with prosecutors, first responders and families of the victims of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The trip Tuesday comes as the Justice Department continues investigating the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub, in which 49 people died and dozens were wounded. Federal investigators who have conducted hundreds of interviews haven't ruled out charges against others in connection with the shooting and say they're still trying to determine why Omar Mateen, who died in a gun battle with police, picked as his target a popular gay nightclub.