Deputies arrest Gainesville man after shooting victim recognizes girlfriend on street

Kyle Gamble: Alachua County Jail.

Deputies say a chance meeting between a gunshot victim and the suspect's girlfriend at a Gainesville bus station Tuesday helped them solve a four-month-old shooting.

Alachua County Sheriff's deputies charged 24-year-old Kyle Gamble with attempted homicide.

Deputies say Gamble went to the home of 28-year-old Eric Johnson on October 23rd after Gamble's girlfriend accused Johnson of harassing her. That's when deputies say the argument became violent. The report says Gamble asked his girlfriend, Lucricha Beard, if she wanted him to 'burn' him, and she shook her head no. But deputies say he pulled out a gun from his pocket and shot Johnson five times in the abdomen.

Deputies say the shooting caused Johnson severe injuries and spent two days in an induced coma.

The shooting went unsolved for four months until Tuesday, when deputies say Johnson was at a bus stop near his home when he saw Beard walking down the street.

Deputies say he followed Beard home, confronted her and called 911.

Deputies responded and detained Beard. They talked to neighbors who confirmed Beard was living with a man named Kyle Gamble at her apartment at 6034 SW 9th Place. Deputies called into the apartment and Gamble came out.

They say Johnson immediately recognized Gamble as the person who shot him.

Deputies also say Gamble closely matches the description Johnson gave of the shooter when he awoke from his coma.

Deputies searched Gamble's home and found two firearms.

They say one caliber matches the description Johnson gave as the gun he was shot with.

Gamble is being held at the Alachua County Jail on $750,000 bond.

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