On Friday, November 24th, 2017, at approximately 11:15 pm Levy County Deputies responded to 4011 NE 205th Avenue in Williston to Melvin and Alice’s BBQ in reference a shooting incident. Deputies arrived and discovered two individuals with gunshot wounds. One victim was driven by a bystander to a local hospital before being flown by ShandsCair with life threatening injuries. The second victim was transported by ambulance to a local trauma center. One victim is currently listed in critical condition; the other is listed in critical but stable condition.
Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded and began their investigation. Investigators were able to identify a person of interest in the shooting. Investigators believe victims and suspect may have known each other. The shooting is believed to be in retaliation of prior altercation between the suspect and one of the victims.
Investigators say multiple eye witnesses were at Melvin and Alice’s restaurant at the time this shooting occurred. Law Enforcement depends on our community member’s cooperation to build solid cases which help keep our neighborhoods safe. Anyone who was present and/or has information that would help in the investigation is being asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 and request Investigator Justin Douglas at extension 291 or Investigator Justin Vanduren at extension 270.