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Police: Florida Shooter Kills One, Wounds Five, Before Turning Gun on Himself

Police: Florida Shooter Kills One, Wounds Five, Before Turning Gun on Himself

A small gathering of neighbors gather at the scene of a shooting in Gainesville, Fla., Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 where a man went on a shooting spree in Gainesville, shooting six people before shooting himself to death. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Associated Press

October 05, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A gunman who had a history of mental illness fatally shot one man, then drove through his Gainesville neighborhood on a 13-minute shooting spree that wounded five others before killing himself, police said.

Gainesville police Cpl. Tscharna Senn identified the gunman as Clifford Miller Jr., 24. The gunman shot himself Monday in his red pickup truck, Senn said at a news conference. Authorities reported that all those shot were men but refused to confirm the identity of the victims or give a motive.

The shooter was targeting specific people at each location and shot the men he was looking for, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard said. Multiple rounds were fired at each spot, and one gun was found with the shooter.

“We don’t know the reasons he went to the houses, but we know he went to specific locations,” Maynard said. “He had opportunities to go someplace to be a random shooter. He could have gone to the mall, or a number of different locations. He did not do that.”

Court records show Miller had a lengthy criminal history.

In 2010, an Alachua County judge declared him incompetent to stand trial on a criminal mischief and petty larceny case. That same year, Miller was also deemed mentally or physically unable to stand trial on reckless driving and resisting an officer charges. His criminal record also included a conviction for felony possession of cocaine and charges of burglary and misdemeanor simple battery.

The first 911 call about Monday’s shooting was at 4:03 p.m., followed by several others. The last call was to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office at 4:16 p.m. That turned out to be the gunman, who had shot himself in the truck. One additional shooting location was found an hour later, but officials reported that it occurred within the 13-minute time frame in the three-mile area.

The wounded were being treated at Gainesville area hospitals, Senn said. They had minor to critical injuries, but authorities wouldn’t give details.

Gainesville, in the north-central part of the state, is home to the University of Florida. There was no immediate link between the school and the shooting.

Authorities have scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    45860 Comments

    Twice this year Miller was declared incompetent to stand trial. So I guess he's competent to roam the streets. What a joke. It would be nice to see who dropped the ball on this one.

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    Gombino

    over 3 years ago

    2658 Comments

    wiseass nailed it.

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    chiefkcr

    over 3 years ago

    3620 Comments

    SO SAD ! I wish they would just go out into the woods and do themselves in and leave others alone.

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    fnmurphy

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    Too bad we can't get these people to just start with offing themselves

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    Blueblood1974

    over 3 years ago

    5192 Comments

    Really sad. We all know that our Legal System have failures by not providing an appropriate care for those, and we all have to deal with them.

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    nrp5hgwedf

    over 3 years ago

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    In 2010, an Alachua County judge declared him incompetent to stand trial on a criminal mischief and petty larceny case. That same year, Miller was also deemed mentally or physically unable to stand trial on reckless driving and resisting an officer charges. His criminal record also included a conviction for felony possession of cocaine and charges of burglary and misdemeanor simple battery. All the signals out their of a person who was drug dependent and mentally disturbed. Blue what do we do with profiles like these who get loss in the system?

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10478 Comments

    Bump wiseass0282! Well said.

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    trooperman911

    over 3 years ago

    2472 Comments

    These shootings are much too frequent, and trust me with the economy in the shape it is in, with layoffs, unemployment, and a Government Administration as we have in the Washington now, that could care less what is happening out on the streets, with real people, it will definitely get much more worse as time toward the future moves on! There's too many people disgruntled, disturbed and upset over things they feel powerless in the ability to change. LEO's need to stay focused, alert and ready for the unexpected! Another grim and gruesome reminder that working together as a team on calls given over the radio; take nothing for granted and realize there's nothing routine with any traffic stop, call for domestic disturbances, alarms that sound off over and over, as the one time that we fail to take them seriously is the time the real life criminal is going to be there to devour you like a duck on a June Bug! I realize that all of us know that we have to be alert and focused in a society that ambushes police, and disrespects them for no justifiable reason! Stay safe and expect the unexpected no matter how many times you've answered a call at a location, do not allow apathy or tomb stone courage to be your guide, as the one time we relax too soon is the very time we become a fatal statistic. It is time that we reverse the odds and turn the tables and stop burying our Police Officers due to death in the line of duty. Families depend upon us, and citizens that rely upon us do too. Stay safe and for Gods sake watch your six!

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    america_health

    over 3 years ago

    252 Comments

    Why was he not in a mental ward

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    Collegecop_WA

    over 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    It seems like we are having a major uptick in active shooter incidents these past few weeks, good reminder to everyone to stay safe, back each other up on calls, keep your skills sharp and wear your vests!

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Why was he not in a mental ward somewhere instead of being on the streets.

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    DarkBlue

    over 3 years ago

    4880 Comments

    Should of started with shooting himself.

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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10986 Comments

    Thats what happens when the Courts let them walk because they claim to be mentally or physically unable to stand trial. As far as I am concerned, if you do the crime you do the time, nuts or not. If not in jail then a mental institution.

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