Palatka streets erupt with two days of violence

PALATKA, Fla. -- Palatka Police say fights and shooting incidents that occurred on consecutive days are related.

But investigators are still looking for the suspects involved.

According to the PPD, Tuesday and Wednesday officers responded to reports of fights in progress and reports of gun shots in two different areas of town.

On Tuesday around 7 p.m officers responded to the area North 22nd Street in the James A. Long Apartment complex where someone fired a gun during a fight.

While responding to that call, officers located two vehicles matching the description given. When the vehicle was stopped occupants of one vehicles fled on foot. None of the occupants who did not flee offered any information. No weapons were found. Blood was found on the interior of one vehicle, but no one reported being injured.

On Wednesday around 5 p.m, officers responded to the area of 700 North 19th Street because of a fight in progress. A short time after that incident, officers were called to the Putnam Community Medical Center because of a subject with an apparent stab wound to his chest. He was identified as Terrell Humphrey, age 25 of Palatka. When questioned, Humphrey stated that he was present when the fight took place at North 19th Street and someone hit him in the chest. He would not identify what happened or identify the person that hit him.

Around 7 p.m. that same night, officers were called to the area of 500 North 8th Street because of a report of shots fired. Witnesses told police that two vehicles drove through, a green Chevrolet and a white SUV. As they drove through, someone in one of the vehicles fired shots.

One subject, identified as Jade Styles, age 25 of Palatka was observed to have an injury. It appeared to be a grazing gunshot wound to his leg. Styles refused to speak with officers and refused medical treatment.

Later in the evening shortly before 10 p.m. officers responded to a call in the area of North 8th that persons were seen out front of the residence located at 511 North 8th Street with guns.

They looked around the residence, which was unoccupied, and found a semi automatic rifle and a 40 caliber semi automatic handgun. Both guns were found to have been reported stolen from other jurisdictions.

Palatka Police Department is seeking information on the persons involved in the altercations and the identity of the suspects. If anyone has information, please contact Lt. Jason Shaw of the Palatka Police Department at 329-0115.


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