Shots Fired Near UF Dorm: Two People In Custody

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Updated: 11:01 a.m.
Two people are in police custody after shots were fired during a fight outside Murphree Hall on the University of Florida campus.

Clay ShanksSarah Elizabeth GoodenAt this time, Clay Shanks,25, is being charged with battery, firing a weapon on school property, using a firearm under the influence of alcohol and resisting an officer, according to jail records.

Shanks’s girlfriend, Sarah Gooden, 21, is also being charged with carrying a concealed firearm and evidence tampering.

A fight broke out between Shanks and another person in the parking lot of Murphree Hall, at which time Shanks threw several punches before reaching into Gooden’s purse to pull out a .380 Ruger, according to Maj. Brad Barber of the University Police Department.  Barber said Shanks fired the gun, although not directed at anyone, before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported in the shooting.

Gooden drove off with the other person involved in the fight and was quickly stopped by UPD and taken into custody.

Shanks was later found at the 2600 block of West University Ave and also taken into custody.

Shanks has previous arrest records for battery in 2014, disorderly conduct in 2012 and municipal ordinance violations in 2011, according to court records.

Records show Gooden has only previously been charged with minor traffic violations.

Both suspects are being held at the Alachua County Jail.

Original post:
One person who was carrying a firearm is in police custody after shots were fired at a Murphree Hall parking lot, according to an alert sent out by the university. Police continue to look for two witnesses in a blue Mazda truck last seen heading north away from campus.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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