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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

One dead after a shooting at Wawa

Gainesville Police Department arrested a suspect Wednesday afternoon


A shooting Tuesday night at Wawa on 1007 E. University Ave. left one man dead. 

At about 9 p.m., Gainesville Police Department officers responded to the gas station about a person being shot. Wallace Lee, a Gainesville resident, was found by officers lying on the ground with what looked like a gunshot wound to the head. 

EMS arrived and declared Lee dead on the scene, according to a press release Wednesday.

While officers interviewed witnesses at Wawa and gained control of the scene, Zamonte Hartsfield, a 21-year-old Gainesville resident, checked into UF Health Shands Hospital ER. 

He was also shot at the Wawa gas station and has since been released by the hospital, GPD spokesperson Graham Glover said. 

According to a second press release Wednesday afternoon, officers arrested Hartsfield for the shooting.

Hartsfield has been charged with murder, attempted felony murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

The incident is an ongoing investigation as detectives continue pursuing leads and interviews with people directly involved in the shooting. 

According to the press release, anyone with information on the incident should contact GPD, or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 

Contact Troy Myers at or follow him on Twitter @Troy_Myers1.

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Troy Myers

Troy is the criminal justice reporter and a fourth-year journalism major with an outside focus in business administration. He previously studied accounting for two years at Santa Fe College but has since transferred to UFCJC. When Troy isn’t writing, he enjoys going to the beach and spending time with his dog, identical twin brother and family.

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