Shooting near FAMU kills 20-year-old Plant City man

Posted at 11:16 PM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 05:16:06-04

A Plant City man, studying at Florida A & M University, was killed during homecoming weekend.

According to Tallahassee Police Detectives, someone started shooting toward a large crowd near FAMU, Saturday morning. Detectives said a party had just ended when the shooting happened.

The shooting happened near Gamble Street and Perry Street. Quinton Langford of Plant City was killed. His friend, Landsey Elisson was rushed to the hospital.

"He had been there maybe 30 minutes whenever the fight broke out and they said they really weren't sure what happened," Billie Edwards, Langford's Aunt, said.

Langford's family hopes someone is arrested soon because they want justice for their loved one and his friend.

"Questions are going to be running through my head for the rest of my life. Why him," Austin Dyer, his friend, said.

Langford was in his 3rd year at Florida A & M University, studying construction engineering technology. His family and friends said he was driven, a leader, and a role model who had big dreams.

"He's the first one that was making it out (and) that was showing us the path that we were supposed to follow," his sister, Deja Hunter, said.

Florida A & M University released the following statement about the shooting:

"Two Florida A&M University (FAMU) students were shot during an off-campus incident early Saturday morning. The Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) reports Quinton Langford, 20, received medical treatment at the scene but succumbed to injuries. Twenty-year-old Landsay Elisson was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery.

Tallahassee police responded to reports of gunfire at approximately 1:15 a.m., in the area of Gamble and Perry Streets. According to authorities, it appears that a large party was ending when someone fired shots into the crowd, injuring the students.

FAMU’s Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., said, “Quinton was a strong student leader. We extend condolences and prayers to his family, and will keep Landsay and his family in our prayers.”

Langford was a construction engineering technology major and president of the FAMU student chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. He was also taught by Associate Dean and Director of Engineering Technology Yves Anglade, Ph.D.

In response to Langford’s passing, Anglade said, “I was devastated when I heard it. He got along with everybody. He was very friendly.”

The TPD investigator in charge of the case is asking anyone who was at the scene but did not speak with police officers to call 850-891-4200.

Investigators say they hope a witness will come forward with information that may lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the shooting. Anyone who would prefer to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS."

"It's really hard. We just keep waiting for him to come home," Edwards said.

Langford's funeral services will be held on Saturday in Plant City.

"He made himself into something. He might have not finished (FAMU), but we're definitely going to proceed to follow his dreams for him," Hunter said.