September 25, 2018

TPD investigates shooting on Bicycle Road; marks city's seventh fatal shooting in 2018


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The city saw its seventh fatal shooting of 2018 Saturday night.

It occurred near the 3100 block of Bicycle Road off West Tennessee Street in Northwest Tallahassee. The Tallahassee Police Department was summoned to the scene at about 11:40 p.m. After arriving, first responders found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The person later succumbed to the injuries.

Few details were released early Sunday and TPD has not yet named or identified the gender of the victim.

Saturday’s violence was the latest in a string of shootings in the last couple weeks. Of the six shootings this September, three have been at student housing complexes.

There have been at least 34 shootings with injuries in Tallahassee and Leon County since the start of the year.

Interactive map: Chronicling the shootings of 2018

The latest fatal shooting comes while the city is hailing mid-year statistics that show a drop in the city’s crime rate. The county has been saddled with the label of having the highest crime rate in the state for four straight years

TPD Chief MIchael DeLeo told the City Commission Wednesday that the same statistics for 2018 show that overall crime in the city is down a little more than 10 percent for the first six months of the year.

Violent crime dropped more than 24 percent from January through June compared to the first six months of 2017, according to city documents. Property crimes dropped nearly 8 percent.

Compared to the first six months of 2017, there was one fewer murder, The city broke its homicide record in 2017 with 21 people murdered

TPD’s Violent Crimes Unit is leading the investigation into the latest shooting, interviewing witnesses and processing the scene. 

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to please call them at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. TPD will provide updates when they are available.

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