The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating two weekend shootings that occurred in almost a 12-hour span Saturday.
The first occurred at an off-campus student apartment complex just before 7:30 p.m. Friday.
One victim, an adult man, was taken to the hospital with non-life threating injuries.
The incident occurred at the Aqua Club, according to Tallahassee Police spokeswoman Alicia Turner. The apartment complex at 1001 Ocala Road is marketed as a “fun and vibrant student community” just walking distance from Florida State University.
Little else is known about the circumstances of the shooting, which the Tallahassee Police Department announced on Twitter at 10:20 p.m.
Hours later on Saturday at 9:20 a.m., Tallahassee Police responded to a disturbance at Elberta Drive.
Dennis Greene, 38, was returning home when his next door neighbor, Curtis Dowdell, came outside.
After Dowdell shouted obscenities, Greene got out of his car and began to argue with the man. Dowdell, who was wearing a zip-up jacket, flashed what looked to be a pistol at Greene before shoving it back into the right pocket of his jacket. After some more arguing, Dowdell shot Greene in the hip with the gun still in his jacket.
Greene did not immediately realize he had been shot. Greene said Dowdell started to swing at him.
“I’m going to defend myself,” Greene said but as he went to fight back, his leg gave out and he realized he had been hit by a bullet.
Dowdell’s female partner, Tiffany Wilson, watched the whole interaction, according to Greene. She started yelling at Dowdell to get back inside, she eventually grabbed him and brought him back inside.
Greene limped into his home where he applied pressure to his wound and called 911.
When TPD arrived on scene, they attempted to make contact with Dowdell to no avail.
“Due to the recent violence of the suspect, and the possibility that he was still armed,” Turner said the SWAT Team, “who have specially trained negotiators and weapons were called out to assist with the arrest of the suspect to ensure the safety of others in the area.”
A short time later, Dowdell surrendered and was taken into custody and charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and resisting arrest. Wilson was also arrested for resisting arrest.
Greene was taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare with a non-life threatening injury and was brought back to his residence a few hours later. The bullet remains inside Greene’s body.
The suspect has a history of starting arguments and causing drama, according to several current and a past neighbor.
Gloria Curry was neighbors with Dowdell for three years. She recalls a time where he attempted to hit her daughter with a bat.
“He didn’t do nothing but start trouble with my kids or anyone who came around my house,” Curry said. “He’s just a trouble making person.”
The shootings are at least the fourth and fifth shootings of 2021 in the capital city and county. So far, at least four people have been injured, according to a Tallahassee Democrat analysis of gun violence.
Tallahassee Police investigators ask anyone who may have witnessed either incident, but did not speak with an officer on scene, or anyone with information about the shooting to call 850-891-4200. Tipsters may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.
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