Police Arrest Shooting Suspect And Attempted Murder Suspect

July 11, 2012

One person has been arrested in connection with a Monday night shooting at the Tom, Ann & Buddy’s liquor store in Pensacola, and another man has been charged with attempted murder for a a double shooting earlier this month.

Tom, Ann, & Buddy’s Shooting Arrest

A Pensacola man was arrested Tuesday night in connection with a shooting that occurred Monday evening inside a liquor store.

George Lewayne Blount, 24, was arrested on charges of solicitation of attempted homicide.

Detective Jeff Brown said it is believed the shooting may have occurred over money.

Pensacola Police responded to Tom, Ann & Buddy’s, 1917 W. Cervantes St., around 9:40 p.m. Monday after dispatchers received a 911 call about the shooting. Upon arrival, police were told a man had been shot inside the establishment and been taken to a local hospital by private vehicle.

The man’s injuries were not considered life threatening.

Brown said it is believed the incident began when Preston Hines, 29 of Pensacola, and Blount argued over money. Meanwhile, Carissa Gilliams, 21, of Pensacola got involved in the argument, which escalated into a physical confrontation involving the three of them.

At that point, the victim – Ladarrius Adam Hines, 23 of Pensacola, – who is Preston Hines’ brother, tried to break up the fight, but Blount reportedly told another male to shoot Ladarrius, Brown said.

Ladarrius Hines told Brown he then ran toward a door but was shot a second time and fell to the floor. Blount and the other suspect ran out of the business and fled the scene.

The second suspect was described as a light-skinned black male, thin build with a heavy New York accent. He may go by the name of “L.A.” and may be trying to get back to New York, Brown said.

Murder Suspect Arrested

A man wanted in connection with a double shooting that occurred earlier this month in Pensacola has been arrested.

Vernon Stewart Polk, age 23 of Pensacola, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Polk was wanted in connection with a double shooting that occurred around 4 p.m. on June 18 in the 2200 block of North Davis Highway. The victims – Antoinette Hunter, 28, and Alonzo Lindsey, 31, both of Pensacola – were sitting inside a vehicle outside the Chicago Store when Polk walked up to the passenger’s side of the vehicle. An investigation determined Polk fired multiple shots into the vehicle through an open window, striking Lindsey, who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat, three times. Hunter, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, was hit by a stray bullet.

It is believed the shooting occurred over money Lindsey may have owed Polk, according to Pensacola Police.

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