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4 shot, 1 killed at Ginnie Springs during Memorial Day weekend
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4 shot, 1 killed at Ginnie Springs during Memorial Day weekend

  • PublishedMay 28, 2024



An 18-year-old from Georgia was arrested on first-degree murder charges after Koty Stewart, 34, of Jacksonville, was shot and killed early Saturday morning.

GILCHRIST COUNTY, Fla. — Four people were shot with one person killed after two separate shootings at Ginnie Springs over Memorial Day weekend, the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office announced on Tuesday. 

Deputies responded to one shooting early Saturday morning and a separate shooting Saturday night. 

The sheriff’s office previously said Sunday afternoon that deputies were on scene investigating an “attempted murder” at Ginnie Springs between Devil’s Spring and a tube launch that happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, adding they were looking for one “outstanding subject that was involved.”

However, the sheriff’s office said in a later update they were “no longer seeking the identity” of the subject, who was described as a woman in her early 20s.

Multiple agencies responded to assist in both shooting investigations, including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Highway Patrol, the 8th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, among others.

The ongoing investigations shut down Ginnie Springs on Sunday, but it was back open Monday for day passes.

The family of 34-year-old Koty Stewart told First Coast News he was shot and killed while camping at Ginnie Springs Friday night.

“Nothing was more important to him than his wife and two children. Nothing was more important. He lived his life for them,” said the victim’s aunt, Mindy Stewart.



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