Around 2:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1st, a parent’s car was hit by gunfire when picking up their teenage daughter from a parking lot party in Cascades Park, according to the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD).
As the parents were arriving to pick up their daughter from the southwest parking lot near South Gadsden Street and East Van Buren Street, TPD reported that an unknown suspect fired multiple shots in the air. Then as the family was leaving, there was more gunfire, this time striking the back of their car.
TPD stated there were no injuries, and they collected shell casings for evidence.
The City of Tallahassee recently passed changes to the city’s noise ordinance in response to parking lot parties.
For several years noise disturbances have caused disruptions around the city, increasingly so since the onset of the pandemic. Large parking lot gatherings have become more popular since nightclubs and bars were closed due to safety measures.
TPD reported the gatherings have led to residential area disturbances, illegal activities, and sometimes violent crimes.
In October 2021, TPD reported a shooting incident in Cascades Park near the AC Hotel around 4 a.m. which involved five or six gunshots and resulted in a number of wounded individuals.