Club Owner Shot
23-year-old Jacoby Thomas has been charged in the shooting of the owner of Status night club in downtown Gainesville.
Early Friday morning, the club owner and his girlfriend were in the parking lot of their apartment complex at the 2900 block of 35th place in southwest Gainesville, when they were approached by two men, carrying at least one handgun.
According to police, the club owner was shoved to the ground, dragged, then shot two times. The backpack he was wearing was stolen.
Officer Bryan Carroll was responding to the shooting, when he stopped a two door BMW speeding out of the area.
"When the officer stopped the car one person did flee, we do not know who that person is," said Cpt. Ed Book, of the Gainesville Police Department.
Thomas and the driver were arrested, but only Thomas was charged, with attempted murder and robbery.
"Once the car was stopped we recovered the backpack which was taken directly off the victim,"said Book, "...in the backpack was some of the money we think, are some of the proceeds from the club that night."
Detectives say the driver was released because, as of right now, they don't have enough information to charge him as an accessory to the shooting.
Detectives say the club owner was shot in the hip area, and was headed to surgery at Shands Hospital Friday afternoon.
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