Alachua police raid three homes possibly connected to string of shootings


Alachua police say they raided three homes Wednesday in connection to a string of shootings that have left two dead and five wounded since January.

Officers with multiple departments across the region executed the search warrants on homes they say are "known to be frequented by individuals involved in the recent gun violence."

Alachua Police Sgt. Jesse Sandusky said in a statement that officers found multiple guns, ammunition and drugs in the three homes. He said they're still evaluating everything that was seized, including a forensic exam that will determine if any of the guns were used in the shootings.

Police say they made one arrest in the raids. Investigators charged 27-year-old Rakeidra Neal of Alachua with tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and resisting without violence. She's being held at the Alachua County Jail on $45,500 bond.

Police have made several arrests in the string of shootings so far. Kemarri Hampton, 15, is charged with murder in the death of Dana Walker Jr. on Jan. 14th. Two brothers and a third man have been charged with six counts of attempted murder in a Jan. 15th shooting that wounded three adults and two children and nearly hit a third child.

Police have yet to identify a suspect in the June 25th shooting that killed 19-year-old Quantrale Gaskins. It was the second time Gaskins had been shot this year.

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