UPD, Gainesville Police Department arrests two men responding to shots fired on campus

The UF Police Department and Gainesville Police Department arrested two men Sunday evening in response to reports of shots fired at the intersection of Hull Road and SW 34th Street.

Police arrested Kendrick Latrell Casmere, 20, of Gainesville, and Triavez Jhakir Isaiah Hankerson, 20, of Newberry. UFPD has been trespassing on the Casmere and Hankerson campuses for three years.

Casmere is charged with four felonies, including grand larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of ammunition by a minor and resisting arrest. Hankerson was charged with one felony count of carrying a concealed firearm.

Neither Casmere nor Hankerson has a criminal history. Judge Lorelie Brannan found no probable cause for either charge and on Tuesday morning ordered them released on their own recognizance.

According to a Clery Timely Warning issued by UFPD, UFPD and GPD officers heard shots fired Sunday at 7:50 p.m. in the UF Park and Ride parking lot near the UF Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine building at 3450 Hull Road. Officers were already in the parking lot in response to a large crowd that had gathered for an event at a nearby apartment building.

As a result of the incident, one person was injured and treated for minor injuries. No gunshot injuries were reported.

UFPD arrested Hankerson at 7:51 p.m. at 3137 Hull Road. Police wrote that Hankerson’s white Chevrolet Corvette was identified as “in connection with the incident,” but provided no explanation in the arrest report. After reading Hankerson his Miranda rights, he told police he had a gun that was located under the driver’s seat of his car.

Hankerson told The Alligator he was at a party at the Varsity House apartments when he heard gunshots. He said he left immediately after hearing the shots and said he was not responsible for the shooting.

Gainesville police arrested Casmere at 8:10 p.m. in the parking lot of Varsity House, 3700 Hull Road. Police wrote that they saw a group of people making “furtive movements” and Casmere in his car with a gun in his lap. During a search of Casmere’s car, police found three guns, which he admitted were his after being informed of his Miranda rights.

Casmere did not return calls to the telephone number listed in the arrest report.

UFPD and GPD could not immediately be reached for comment.

UFPD and GPD continue to investigate the incident and encourage anyone with information regarding this incident or information about suspicious activity in the area to contact UFPD at (352) 392-1111 or through the UFPD Silent Witness portal .

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Lee Ann Anderson

Lee Ann Anderson is a sophomore journalism student and The Alligator’s Summer 2023 criminal justice reporter. In her free time, you can catch her reading articles, talking to her cat, or losing her mind.

Garrett Shanley

Garrett Shanley is a fourth-year journalism student and the university editor of The Alligator for the summer season of 2024. Outside of the newsroom, he can be found watching Wong Kar-Wai videos and talking to his house plants.