ALACHUA – An Alachua man was hospitalized in critical condition due to a shooting Monday night.
At about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Elliot Jones, 29, was shot at 14016 NW 158 Ave., near Saint Matthew Baptist Church.
Police found Jones with a gunshot wound to the head. Officers provided first aid until the paramedics arrived.
Witnesses helped the Alachua Police Department identify a suspect as Kenya Carter Jr., 24, who fled the scene, said police investigator Jesse Sandusky. Authorities put out a warrant for Carter's arrest, before he came to the police department and turned himself in Sunday evening, asking to talk to an officer about the incident.
There were several witnesses who saw the shooting, Sandusky said, but he couldn’t give an exact number.
Jones, who is still alive but in critical condition at Shands Hospital, also identified Carter as the shooter, according to the sworn complaint.
An argument between Jones and Carter that could have led to the shooting happened in an area known as “The Tree,” a hangout spot with a history of crime.
The incident appears to have started over glass being thrown at a vehicle near “The Tree,” according to the complaint. At some point, Jones left the area and went toward his house. A short time later, a vehicle pulled up to Jones’ house. Jones left the house and the shooter raised a black semi-automatic pistol toward him. The shooter hit him in the center of the forehead, and then escaped in his vehicle. A witness told police she personally knew the shooter, and identified him as Carter.
Carter is in the Alachua County Jail with a $2 million bond. He is being charged with attempted murder.
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information on other people involved can contact the Alachua Police Department at 386-462-1396.
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