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BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Mikale Immanuel Fuye, 17, and Jordan Isaiah Howard, 17, have been charged as adults with firing a weapon into a building, firing a weapon from a vehicle, firing a weapon on residential property, and possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent for allegedly shooting from a vehicle driving through Eastwood Meadows on December 18, 2022.
Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of shots fired on the afternoon of December 18 at the apartment complex at 925 SE 43rd Street. Witnesses reported hearing 12-15 gunshots, and bullet impacts were found on five vehicles in the parking lot. About 15 minutes later, another caller reported that a car had been abandoned by four teenagers, two males and two females. The car was described as a blue sedan full of bullet holes. The teenagers reportedly hid in the woods until another vehicle arrived to pick them up.
Deputies made contact with the registered owner of the sedan, who said her daughter had taken the car and her daughter’s friend was driving it because her daughter’s license was suspended.
Deputies located the daughter’s friend, and she reportedly confirmed that she had been driving the sedan, but her statements were reportedly inconsistent. At first, she reportedly said that only the two girls had been in the car, but she later said that two males had fled on foot. She provided false names for the two males, saying they were “Larry Harlou” and “Sammy Jones.”
The daughter reportedly said her friend had been driving and had dropped her off at a friend’s house, then returned with two unknown boys in the back seat. She said that as they drove into Eastwood Meadows, she heard gunshots, and unknown people started shooting at the car. She said a bullet hit the window next to her, causing pieces of glass to hit her face. She said they abandoned the car nearby and were picked up by the driver’s father.
Detectives collected video from Eastwood Meadows and reportedly saw the sedan entering the complex at 1:44 p.m. at a high rate of speed. The two occupants of the back seat can be seen firing handguns out the window. Three young children can be seen playing on the playground, and the children are seen running when the shots are heard. Other people in the parking lot can be seen running for cover. The sedan then turns north onto SE 44th Street and out of view.
A search of the vehicle reportedly produced 11 live .40 caliber rounds, two spent 9mm shell casings, and one spent .40 caliber shell casing.
A witness gave deputies the street names of the two teenage males in the back seat of the sedan, and deputies were able to match those to the legal names of Fuye and Howard. Fuye and the friend who drove the car are both on juvenile probation and are required to wear ankle monitors. Deputies tracked the location of their monitors and reportedly found that both were in the area of the shooting at the time of the incident. Fingerprints found on the car reportedly matched Fuye and Howard.
Fuye has two felony convictions as a juvenile and is on probation for battery by a person in a detention facility and resisting arrest.
Howard has one felony conviction as a juvenile and is currently on probation for carrying a concealed firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a person under 18 years of age.
Bail has been set at $500,000 for both defendants by Judge David Kreider.
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