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Four Alachua shooting victims stable, one remains in critical condition

High Springs Police are among the agencies responding to a shooting in Alachua. Gabrielle Arzola/WGFL

Three adults and two children were shot in the city of Alachua Monday night, a shooting police say was retaliation for a homicide that happened Sunday.

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Alachua Police Sgt. Jesse Sandusky says officers responded to 14223 NW 156th Place at 6:37 p.m. and found five patients. Authorities say the shooting appeared to have been a drive-by.

One of the adult patients was transported to UF Health in critical condition and one was in serious condition, Alachua County Fire Rescue District Chief Joe Cox said.

Cox said three victims, two of them children, sustained non-life threatening injuries. Police said Tuesday the both juvenile victims and two adult victims are in stable condition while one adult remains in critical condition.

Sandusky said the shooter remains at large. He said there are no suspects at this time but they do have a person of interest.

UF Health says the hospital went on lockdown following the shootings. A representative says it's standard operating procedure when an unknown suspect is still on the loose.

The shooting is just blocks from a park where a 27-year-old man was shot to death Sunday. Police say that shooting was the first homicide in Alachua in 10 years. Sandusky says they believe it was gang-related.

"We do believe that this shooting in retaliation to that incident that happened yesterday," Sandusky said.


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