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Neighborhood residents react to College Club Townhomes shooting

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 10:55 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Thursday afternoon, a 7-year-old child was caught in the crossfire and shot in Tallahassee after a gunman opened fire in broad daylight. That shooting happened just before 3 p.m. at the College Club Townhomes off South Adams Street, just down the road from Florida A&M University.

The Tallahassee Police Department confirmed to WCTV Friday the child was taken to the hospital. No arrests have been made as of Friday morning.

Witnesses that WCTV’s Katie Kaplan spoke to described how it all went down.

There is a lot of unease coming from residents of the surrounding neighborhood. Multiple residents witnessed some part of the incident, but many did not want to go on camera.

One couple’s story of how the scene played out shows just how quickly things changed.

“They were like ‘do, do, do, do, do,’” described witness Donald Coumm.

Coumm was studying Thursday afternoon when he says he looked out the window of one of these townhomes.

“I seen him pull in his car, and these two black guys get out, and next thing I know, I’m hearing gunshots,” recalled Coumm. “‘Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,’ and they get in the car and take off. Whew.”

Multiple witnesses reported hearing numerous shots fired into an adjacent housing complex.

“He called me and said he had heard that some people came and shot the house up,” one a friend of the victim said.

That family friend who did not want to be identified on camera, said the victim was a young boy who was shot in the shoulder.

“I see the little brother there with the bullet wound. I just...I lost it,” the friend said.

Investigators at the scene overheard telling a witness that the victim was only seven.

“Bullets go flying, and they don’t care who you are,” added Coumm. “They don’t care whether they’re meant for you or not.”

This is leaving this southside community angered.

“In a rage,” the friend said. “It was a kid. It could have easily been my daughter or somebody else’s child.”

Residents are also wondering: “When will there be an end to all of this senselessness? Thank God it’s not a murder, but it could have been.”

As of Thursday night, there’s no update on the condition of the boy, nor a description of the suspects. Anyone with information should contact the Tallahassee Police Department at 850-891-4200.

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