Gainesville, Florida: Shooter at Spanish Trace Apartments

An active shooter was reported at the Spanish Trace Apartments complex in Gainesville, Fla., on Wednesday.

Police have told residents to stay inside.

It’s unclear if there were any injuries.

The Gainesville Sun reporter Sean McCrory first reported on Twitter at around 3:48 p.m. local time about the incident. 

 

 

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS update for Florida: State set to execute killer of 2 wives, boy 

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida was set Wednesday to execute a Tampa area man who killed his estranged wife and her young son in 1985, two years after he had been paroled for murdering his previous spouse.

John Ruthell Henry, 63, was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. EDT for the stabbing death of Suzanne Henry in Pasco County. He also was convicted in Hillsborough County of stabbing Suzanne Henry’s 5-year-old son, Eugene Christian, near Plant City, hours after the woman’s murder.

It would be the 13th execution in Florida since April 2013, and the 18th since Republican Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011. On Wednesday, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Henry’s effort to postpone the execution. His lawyers filed another appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, but it has rarely halted Floridaexecutions.

Hours earlier, Georgia and Missouri carried out separate executions, the first since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April revived concerns about capital punishment. Neither execution had any noticeable complications.

Georgia and Missouri both use the single drug pentobarbital, a sedative. Florida uses a three-drug combination of midazolam hydrochloride, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride.

Midazolam, a sedative used before surgery, has only been used in Florida since October; previously, sodium thiopental was used, but its U.S. manufacturer stopped making it and Europe banned its manufacturers from exporting it for executions.

During the first Florida execution using midazolam, it appeared to an Associated Press reporter that it took longer for inmate William Happ to lose consciousness than others who have been executed under the previous drug mix. In the six executions since, the process has appeared to go normally.

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