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8 people are hurt and 1 is dead after a Saturday night mass shooting on West Pensacola Street

Police sirens light up a darkened street where a crosswalk is barricaded by yellow tape.
Tallahassee Police Department
City of Tallahassee
The area of West Pensacola Street is closed to traffic amid a shooting investigation.

Eight people were hurt, and one person died after at least three people fired into a crowd on West Pensacola Street near Florida State University late Saturday night. The Tallahassee Police Department says it shot and arrested one man and detained two others. An investigation is underway.

TPD Chief Lawrence Revell says the shooting was “an isolated, but large incident” but hasn’t released any information about what sparked it. Officers were already in the area for crowd control when they heard what Revell describes as “dozens and dozens” of gunshots coming from Halftime Liquors and Los Compadres restaurant.

"There were dozens and dozens of shots that rang out from this, and we'll continue to gather the information that's necessary to put all the pieces together," Revell told reporters at a Sunday morning press conference.

Officers spotted a man with a gun running away from the scene and toward a nearby Mcdonald's and chased him—later shooting him in the lower back, butt, and hamstring. Revell says he has non life-threatening injuries. Two other people were arrested.

The officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave as the investigation continues. Revell says all three suspects have local ties.

The shooting followed two big sporting events earlier in the day; Florida A&M won its Homecoming game 24-6 while Florida State defeated Georgia Tech 41-16.

Roads between Stadium and White Drive are closed. Revell did not say when they would reopen.

Tallahassee has seen big jumps in shootings in recent years. This one marks the worst since the 2018 mass shooting at a local yoga studio when two people were killed and five were injured.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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