Updated: Sep 24
On September 17, at approximately 6:47 p.m, the Alachua County Police Department (APD) received reports about shots fired at Cynthia Chestnut Park. After hearing five gunshots, one caller saw a man lying on the ground and not moving. The man was transported to Shands where he later died.
The suspect was said to be driving Northbound in a small silver Sedan with multiple occupants. No reports suggest any suspects were caught in this investigation. When more information is received this page will be updated.
Update: On September 18, APD declared Javon Barclay, 28, as a person of interest in the Cynthia Park shooting investigation. Barclay was pulled over after he was seen driving the victim's car on the road. Barclay was booked on charges of fleeing law enforcement and driving without a license. He has not been charged with murder, however, detectives consider him a person on interest.
Additionally, the victim's name was revealed in APD's press release. Gainesville hairstylist Johnny Walker was the person killed. His older sister, Dawn Walker told WUFT he would go to Cynthia Chestnut Park every Sunday to relax and listen to music.
1. Keep in mind a lot of this audio quality is poor and there may be mistakes. I've put in codes to flag possible inaccuracies:
(GARBLED): I cannot make the audio out.
(?): I have an idea of what they're saying but have doubts.
2. A lot of audio contains police code. Police code will be marked in bold.
3. I’ve done my best to match all the voices to numbers but do keep in mind the numbers associated with the speakers may be incorrect at times
Disclaimer: Audio that references incidents other than this shooting has not been transcribed and is disregarded from this transcript.
Audio File 1: 6:30 pm - 6:52 pm
16:42 Lifeline Bot: Rescue 31. Engine 60. Shooting. 2315 Southeast 35th Street. Cynthia Chestnut Park. Operate on alpha 5. Rescue 31. Engine 60. Shooting. 2315 Southeast 35th Street. Cynthia Chestnut Park. Operate on alpha 5. 1844.
17:33 Speaker 1: Rescue 31 engine 16 district 5. Responding to a gunshot wound. 2315 Southeast 35th Street. Cynthia Chestnut Park. 2315 Southeast 35th Street. Cynthia Chestnut Park. Law enforcement is in route as well. They are not on scene. Caller heard five gunshots, now they see a man laying on the ground and not moving. They were checking on the male on the ground, they believe he may be signal 7. He's not moving or operating(?). And for units responding, a possible suspect vehicle is a small silver Sedan Northbound towards Southeast Hawthorne Road.
19:26 Speaker 2: FYI, ASO is gonna be working on 35 and Cynthia Park 2315 Southeast 35th Street. Gunshots and a small silver Sedan and there's a male subject laying on the ground. Suspect is possibly a bravo mike who was driving (GARBLED) there were other occupants in the vehicle. Caller said it sounded like a pistol with the gunshots from 35th Street. Possibly headed towards South Hawthorne Road. Rescue is also gonna be responding. This is for Fy only(?) at this point they haven't even requested our assistance. 1847 hours.
20:13 Speaker 3: Want us to spy or just hit Hawthorne.
20:31 Speaker 4: (GARBLED) staged near 35th and Hawthorne. (GARBLED) attached to the call. Just stay in that area until we can determine the number of patients.
20:51 Speaker 3: Alachua engine 60 we're gonna be staging 35th Hawthorne Road got law enforcement pulling in ahead of us.
23:29 Speaker 1: Engine 60 rescue 31 rescue 34. EMS advising there's a male patient face down in the parking lot with his...
[Audio gets cut off at 6:52 pm and the next six minutes of audio was not backed up by Broadcastify]
Audio File 2: 6:59 pm - 7:10 pm
00:12 Speaker 2: Message received two gunshot wounds, one to the chest and (GARBLED).
00:17 Speaker 4: Gonna be an entry wound to the chest, exit wound in the back. It looks like a gunshot wound to the shoulder and possibly one to the face, mouth area.
00:27 Speaker 2: One entry wound to the chest and two exit wounds in the back(?).
00:32 Speaker 1: It sounds like it's probably a 3rd party 10-43 said he's gonna call his wife back to get additional 10-43.
03:02 Speaker 5: 34 transporting plus one additional rider approaching Shands gunshot wound.
03:12 Speaker 1: Is there an LPR anyone on Hawthorne Road or Waldo Road ASO last name.
03:18 Speaker 3: Yeah Waldo Road there's one at 1800 and Waldo. Not sure about Hawthrone that's way outta the county.
03:53 Speaker 3: And then additionally, there's one at Northeast 15th Street and 8th University going Northbound and another at Northeast 25th Street and 8th University also going Northbound. And a silver vehicle let me know and I'll try to look at them for you(?) if they need assistance.
04:48 Speaker 4: Alachua 35th Street come in.
04:51 Speaker 2: 35th Street come in.
04:52 Speaker 4: Patients being transported rescue 34. Rescue 31 was in (GARBLED).
05:02 Speaker 2: Engine 60 copy command has advised the patient has been transported by rescue 34. Rescue 31 is remaining on scene. Be advised you're gonna be a split crew.
05:08 Speaker 5: 10-4.
05:09 Speaker 2: Message received engine 60 split crew.
05:14 Speaker 3: Alachua district 5 you can show be available and I'll be en route to Shands.