The University of Florida Police Department (UFPD) is investigating a suspicious incident and possible aggravated assault that was reported to have occurred on the University of Florida’s campus on Friday, June 2, 2017 after the conclusion of the Buchholz High School graduation practice this morning at approximately 11:45am. According to a witness, two individuals approached the victim and one of the two brandished a firearm. At that point he then stated that if the victim attended the graduation ceremony for Buchholz High School this evening, he was going to shoot him. After the threat was conveyed, the two suspects walked away in an unknown direction of travel. The threat was believed to have been directly connected to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office death investigation case report 17-4970.
The two suspects in this incident were described only as being black males with a medium build and “hair”. The witness to the incident was not able to provide any further information. The victim in this incident has been reluctant to provide law enforcement with any details involved in this incident. The victim has however indicated that he will not be attending tonight’s graduation ceremony.
Based on the preliminary information provided, the University of Florida Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office will be enhancing security measures for tonight’s Buchholz Graduation ceremony.
Anyone with information about the incident or who may know the suspects’ identity is asked to call the University of Florida Police Department at 352.392.1111. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 352.372.STOP (7867) or use the UFPD Silent Witness program at http://www.police.ufl.edu/wp-content/asp/secure_ufpd/silent_witness.aspx.
The UFPD recognizes that violence of this nature is not the fault of the victim.
The UFPD would however like to remind everyone of these safety consideration:
If you are attending the graduation ceremony tonight and observe ANY suspicious activities or individuals, please notify the nearest law enforcement officer or immediately call 9.1.1.