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QPD seeks shooting suspects

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ROBERT ALLEN

Times Reporter 

Accusations over selling bad drugs led to a shooting incident Friday afternoon inside a Quincy apartment complex.

Three men opened fire with handguns at 4 p.m. April 11 inside Gadsden Arms Apartments on Stewart Street. According to an April 12 Quincy Police Department press release, the trio arrived in a black Nissan Titan truck, which had an extended cab and V-8 engine. The men stepped and started shooting, wounding three. One of those wounded required surgery. 

Bullets also hit buildings and a vehicle, according to the report. One round entered a woman’s apartment, but she and her children were unhurt. 

According to an April 15 QPD press release, one man injured in the shooting told police he was playing outside with his children when he was approached by a man, later identified as Chazdin Jamarick Miller, 19, of 3313 Sunnyside Drive, Tallahassee.

According to the same report, the man said Miller held a gun in each hand while he angrily complained about being sold bad “Molly,” a drug available in a wide range of purity, potency and chemical combinations. 

The man ran, trying to escape the gunfire, but he was shot in the back. 

Glenn Sapp, assistant chief of the Quincy Police Department, acknowledged gathering information for such shootings can be hard when citizens are afraid of retaliation reprisal if they speak with the law enforcement. 

“It will slow down the process,” he said, during a recent Times interview. 

But Sapp also explained this difficulty does not mean the department will be unable to eventually find the information required to solve the case.

“What we have to do is continue to enhance our community relations,” said Sapp. “We have to work harder at building the trust of the community.

“This is the reason that neighborhood watches are so vital in combating drugs and violent crime,” said Sapp. “At some point they have to become empowered to combat crime.”

According to the April 12 release, an arrest warrant was issued for Rizterrious Lavont Robinson, 25, of 177 Ray Road, Quincy. Later April 12, Robinson turned himself in at the Quincy Police Department. 

Charges against him include accessory to aggravated battery with a firearm, accessory to aggravated assault with a firearm, accessory to shooting into a dwelling, and accessory to discharging a firearm in a community. 

According to the April 15 release, an arrest warrant has also been issued for Miller, who remains at large. 

Charges include shooting into an occupied dwelling, discharging a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated battery with a firearm, armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm. 

Sapp said the police department is working toward identifying the third suspect. 

“We will exert all our energy and turn over every stone to bring these criminals to justice,” Sapp stated in the April 15 release. “We will not stand for this type of violent crime in Quincy. There were many children at play when this happened and we are just lucky some family isn’t planning a funeral.”

Anyone with information about Miller is asked to call Quincy Police Department at 850-627-7111 and ask for Capt. Troy Gilyard. Informants may also be eligible for a reward if they call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-8477.