Gainesville police arrested a suspect early Sunday morning after a downtown shooting that injured a man. The victim sustained five gunshot wounds.
Dantae Flagg, 23, was charged with attempted first-degree homicide. He is being held at the Alachua County jail without bond, according to jail records.
Shortly after 2 a.m., police officers were in downtown and heard gunfire coming from 200 S. Main St., according to a Gainesville Police Department news release. Officers arrived at the scene within seconds and found David Williams, 34, lying on the north side of the sidewalk off Southeast 3rd Place and South Main Street with numerous gunshot wounds. As officers were administering aid, witnesses provided information on the whereabouts of potential suspects. The witnesses followed the suspects to the area of 400 S. Main St. in front of Saint Francis House, according to the news release.
Officers, one with a K-9, located three people getting into a vehicle in front of the Saint Francis House. Witnesses said the victim was traveling in a vehicle that had turned south onto South Main Street at Southeast 2nd Avenue. When they did so, people "walked into the car, and words were exchanged," police reported. They encountered each other a second time at Southeast 2nd Place, where the argument escalated. Williams, who was in the backseat, got out and continues to argue.
According to witnesses, Flagg shot Williams. He sustained five gunshot wounds, but is expected to survive. The weapon was located in the courtyard of Saint Francis House.