Gainesville Police: 'No evidence' Aaron Hernandez connected to 2007 shooting
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) - Ever since Aaron Hernandez was charged with the murder of a friend in 2013, there's been speculation that the former Florida Gator tight end might have also been involved in a shooting that wounded two men in Gainesville in 2007.
The speculation grew so loud that the Gainesville Police Department reopened its investigation last month "just to make sure" that wasn't the case, a spokesman said.
A supplemental report dated March 2, 2017 released to WGFL Wednesday shows the continued investigation found Hernandez, who was a 17-year-old freshman at the time, had no connection to the Sept. 30, 2007 shooting.
"Regarding the actual shooting, there is no evidence that indicates Aaron Hernandez participated or was involved in any way with the shooting," Det. Tom Mullins wrote in the supplemental report.
The shooting happened on West University Avenue at 2:20 a.m. In the report, Mullins wrote that Hernandez had been at a club earlier in the evening, along with the victims and multiple witnesses.
"Witnesses clearly indicated that the suspect was a black male with dreadlock style hair," Mullins wrote. "Randall Cason, the only person to mention seeing Aaron Hernandez at the time of the shooting, recanted his statement and admitted he never actually saw the shooter and just made an assumption when he told officers that Hernandez was the shooter because they had words earlier at the club."
According to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, former New England Patriots tight end Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell Wednesday.