Update: The Gainesville Police Department released the following statement
The Gainesville Police Department is aware that members of the national media are reporting on GPD Case 02-07-020053, a shooting investigation from an incident report obtained from sources outside of the Department. The stories also mention that Massachusetts law enforcement agencies have contacted the Gainesville Police Department about the investigation.
The Gainesville Police Department has not been contacted by any other law enforcement agency about this incident. The Gainesville Police Department has not released any incident report concerning this case, due to it being an open criminal investigation. Any alleged reports currently circulating may or may not be accurate, since the Gainesville Police Department did not release any reports. The origin of these alleged reports is unknown.
Due to the case being classified as an open criminal investigation, the Gainesville Police Department will not be releasing an incident report nor commenting on this open investigation.
Aaron Hernandez faces trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Since the time of Hernandez’s arrest for Lloyd’s murder numerous other incidents involving Hernandez have come to light.
The latest investigation involves the role of Hernandez in a 2007 shooting in Gainesville, Fla.
According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Massachusetts authorities have contacted police in Gainesville to determine if Hernandez had a role in a shooting that left two men wounded. Hernandez would have been 17 at the time of the shooting.
On Sept. 30, 2007, two men say they had left a nightclub with a friend when someone opened fire on their car while they were stopped at a light. Corey Smith, and Justin Glass where shot in the incident while another man in the backset of the car was unharmed.arm. Randall Cason, who was in the back seat, described the shooter as a “Hawaiian” or “Hispanic” male with a large muscular build who stood about 6-foot-3 or 6-foot-4 and weighed 230 or 240 pounds and had a lot of tattoos.
Cason went on to identify another male with the shooter as former Gator Reggie Nelson, who was a rookie with the Jacksonville Jaguars at the time. Nelson later said he had been at the club but denied any involvement.
“As they were waiting for the light to change, the Hawaiian football player and Reggie Nelson walked up to their car on the right side,” Cason told detectives, according to the police report. “Then without saying a work [sic], the Hawaiian pointed a small handgun in the front right window and fired five quick shots. Cason saw Smith slump over with blood coming out of the back of the head, at which time the Hawaiian and Nelson took off running towards McDonald’s.”
Cason later took back his identification of both Nelson and Hernandez.
Already released by New England, Hernandez was recently moved to solitary confinement over concern for his safety.