QPD nabs four suspects over shooting

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By Cheri Harris

Quincy police have now made four arrests in connection with an Oct. 15 shooting at Haupilla Produce, 1800 Florida Ave., Quincy.

According to a Quincy Police Department press release, Dontavious Shorter, 17, 838 Sykes St., Quincy, has been arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and robbery with a firearm.

According to a QPD arrest report, Tavarous Livingston, 18, 427 S. Stewart St. #53, Quincy, was arrested Oct. 25 on a charge of accessory – aggravated battery/

deadly weapon. 

Livingston reportedly told police he left the Quincy Recreation Center with Shorter and two other co-defendants who are juveniles and all four walked to West End Grill. Livingston told police he served as a lookout while Shorter and another juvenile broke into a vehicle parked on the road next to the restaurant and stole a gun, a black 9-millimeter Ruger, and walked from there to Haupilla Produce where the shooting occurred, according to Livingston’s arrest report.

Livingston was charged Oct. 25 with accessory-armed 

burglary, according to a QPD arrest report.

The two juvenile co-defendants were arrested Tuesday, Oct. 29, in connection with the case, including the alleged Oct. 15 burglary of a car. According to QPD Capt. Troy Gilyard, a 15-year-old and 17-year-old co-defendant were arrested on charges of accessory to armed burglary, accessory to aggravated robbery with a firearm and accessory to aggravated battery with a firearm.

Shorter was additionally charged Oct. 29 with accessory to armed burglary.According to a QPD press release, the four suspects approached a 42-year-old man and attempted to rob him at the produce business and shot him in the leg.

By canvassing the community door to door, officers and investigators were able to develop several key leads which led them to the alleged gunman in this case, according to the release. 

According to Assistant Chief Glenn Sapp quoted in the press release, “The Quincy Police Department takes violent crimes in our community serious especially those involving firearms. We will not tolerate such reckless criminal acts which could have resulted in a senseless death. We want to thank the public for assisting us in being able to make an arrest in this serious case so quickly.”