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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

A 13-year-old boy is dead after a shooting at Gainesville American Legion

Christopher Scott’s family is asking for help with medical expenses


A 13-year-old boy is dead after being shot during a party at the Gainesville American Legion on June 24

Christopher Scott endured life-threatening wounds after gunshots erupted during a party at the American Legion at 4701 NW Sixth St. 

Christopher and four teenagers were taken to UF Health Shands Hospital after two other teenagers started firing shots. The four other teenagers suffered nonlife-threatening injuries.

Four suspects were found and arrested on June 25.

Jakarean Ford, 14, was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement, operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license and possession of marijuana by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Javari Baptiste, 17, who stole a car and fled the scene with Ford after the shooting, was arrested and charged with attempted felony murder by the Gainesville Police Department and with possession of a stolen firearm and resisting without violence by ACSO.

Christian Jones, 16, was charged with attempted felony murder and carrying a concealed firearm.

Jarquez Kerreim Mitchell, 17, was charged with aggravated assault and carrying a concealed firearm. 

Christopher’s family created a GoFundMe for medical expenses, and about $5,000 has been raised out of the $10,000 goal as of July 12.

Contact Abigail Hasebroock Follow her on Twitter @abbeyhasebroock. 

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Abigail Hasebroock

Abigail is a second-year journalism major covering university general assignment news for The Alligator. When she’s not catching up on school or reporting, she’s spending time outside, reading or reorganizing her Spotify playlists - usually all at the same time. 

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