Man shot in yard of Palatka home, suspect in custody

PALATKA, Fla. -- Police responded to reports of shots fired in Palatka Thursday night.

According to a release from the Palatka Police Department, the shots were heard in the area of the 500 block of North 8th Street around 7:20 p.m. Officers arrived on scene and found 35-year-old Tavarence Clark with a gunshot wound to the back in the yard of a home on the block. Clark was transported to Putnam Community Hospital in stable condition.

Police spoke with witnesses who identified Nathaniel McDuffy, 40, as the shooter. A handgun was found at the scene, according to the release.

McDuffy was arrested and charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently being held in the Putnam County Jail without bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who has any information about this shooting is asked to contact the Palatka Police Department at 386-329-0801. Information on the case can also be left on the Crime Tip Hotline at 386-329-0170.


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