One man was shot dead and two others were taken to the hospital with serious injuries following gunfire at a Tallahassee nightclub — the second shooting in the capital city in less than 10 hours.
It happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday in the parking lot between the Good Vibes Only nightclub and Roboto Tokyo Grill near Railroad Avenue and Gaines Street in an area popular among college students. GVO had just closed for the night; the restaurant next door was closed at the time.
Friends and loved ones identified the deceased as Antonio Zamora, 29, also known by his stage name “Montana Bih." TPD did not identify any of the victims in keeping with its policy on Marsy's Law, which grants crime victims privacy and other rights.
Police, who initially said the shooting happened at GVO, released few details, including how many shots were fired and whether the gunfire involved patrons of the club.
Witnesses, however, described a fight between Zamora and another man that ended with a hail of bullets. Investigators put down more than 40 evidence markers in the parking lot.
Alexander Huryn, who works at the Sunrise Sunoco nearby, came to work at 7 a.m. as a heavy police presence remained at the scene. A coworker who was on duty at the time told her that when the gunfire started, he and others inside the store dropped to the floor for cover.
"He said he heard ... 20 or 30 shots," Huryn said. "He said the (family of the victim) showed up, and it was really, really horrible."
The employee told Huryn that there was a fight in the parking lot by the victim's car between the victim and another man. She said another person started shooting.
Heather Merritt, a TPD spokesperson, said she could not release details because of the ongoing investigation. She said no arrests have been made.
Officers blocked off the entire Roboto building and parking lot, along with a portion of St. Francis Street at Railroad Avenue, while they worked the crime scene.
Police put a small privacy fence around Zamora's body in the parking lot. Investigators processed a Porsche SUV nearby that appeared to match his car.
The same nightclub was the site of a shooting in April 2021 that left a man seriously injured. Hours before Friday's shooting, a man was gunned down miles away at a Circle K on Thomasville and Bannerman roads.
Detectives asked that anyone who may have witnessed the shooting, but did not speak with an officer on scene, to please call TPD at 850-891-4200. They may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.
It was at least the fourth shooting since the start of the new year. So far in 2022, three people have died and at least two people have been injured in shootings, according to a running Tallahassee Democrat analysis of gun violence.
'Proud father' gunned down in shooting
Melissa Kay, who has known Zamora since the two attended Rickards High School together, described him as "the life of the party."
“He was always smiling, cracking jokes and was just a funny person (who) always made sure everybody else was having a good time," she said.
Zamora, co-owner of the Tally Budz Blue smoke shop, at 2512 Balsam Terrace, has two children and was known around town as a local rapper who loved and supported local artists and businesses.
“He was extremely nice and very supportive of my business venture as well as other artists,” said Christopher Godwin, owner of The Warrior On The River venue, where Zamora frequented especially for weekly open mic events. “(He) was a super proud father.”
Kay said he was successfully "turning his life around" after run-ins with the law. He was scheduled to finish probation in July.
“When I first met him he was always in trouble, always in juvenile detention or suspended from school or in jail,” Kay said. "But I guess it clicked in his head and he changed and has been doing good."
She continued: “He's active, very active in his children's lives every day. He was starting his career out with music, and yeah — it's very sad.”
This story will be updated as more information is released.
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This article originally appeared on Tallahassee Democrat: One dead, 2 seriously injured in Tallahassee nightclub parking lot shooting