Taking pictures at FAMU leisure basketball courtroom kills one, injures 4


One man is dead and four others, including a teenager, were injured in a mass shooting at an outdoor basketball court on the Florida A&M University campus Sunday afternoon.

The shooting began around 4:30 p.m. at the Hansel Tookes, Sr., Student Recreation Center, 2101 Wahnish Way, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.

All five victims were taken to a local hospital, where one man succumbed to his injuries, TPD spokeswoman Heather Merritt said.

Three other adult men and a 16-year-old boy remain hospitalized Sunday night. Their injuries range from mild to severe.

According to initial reports, none of the five victims appear to be FAMU students, a FAMU spokesman said in a statement.

“I want to reassure the FAMU community that the campus shooting incident does not pose an ongoing threat to the university,” said FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson in a prepared statement.

“The safety of our students and the campus is our top priority. The FAMU campus security department is working with the Tallahassee Police Department as the investigation continues. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

As of Sunday evening, no one had been arrested in connection with the mass shooting in broad daylight, according to Merritt.

Police cordoned off an area between the recreation center’s gymnasium and nearby soccer fields, including tennis courts and three basketball courts.

The basketball courts were littered with over a dozen yellow evidence markers.

“At this time, we do not believe there is an imminent threat to public safety,” a TPD incident alert said.

A shelter-in-place alert was sent to students Sunday, notifying them of an armed gunman on campus. The alarm was no longer active as of 8pm on Sunday, but a statement from FAMU urged the community to “remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity”.

While TPD is the principal investigator, the FAMU Police Department provides assistance.

USA TODAY defines a mass shooting as an incident in which at least four people are shot, even if there are no fatalities. Mass murder refers to an incident that kills at least four people.

Less than a month ago, another mass shooting in the capital killed one and wounded eight others. Three suspects have been charged by the police.

Background:3 men charged in connection with mass shooting on West Pensacola Street, records reveal chain of events

Reaction:After mass shootings, city commissioners express sadness and doubt the need for new laws

To become active:New Gun Violence Task Force established. This is how the city wants to take action against shootings

According to a Tallahassee Democrat gun violence analysis, 101 major shootings in the capital and county so far this year have killed 18 and injured at least 85

TPD investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting but did not speak to an officer at the scene to call the department at 850-891-4200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Contact Christopher Cann at [email protected] and follow @ChrisCannFL on Twitter.

Never miss a story: Subscribe to the Tallahassee Democrat via the link at the top of the page.