Gainesville man on the run after shooting 2 at shopping center, cops say

Credit: Gainesville Police Department

Credit: Gainesville Police Department

A man has been charged in a double shooting at a Gainesville shopping center Monday evening, police said.

Crime scene tape was strung up in front of several stores at the Village Shoppes of Gainesville along Dawsonville Highway. According to Gainesville police, two people were shot and taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in critical condition.

Guillermo Vazquez Martinez, 42, of Gainesville, was identified by police as the suspected shooter. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

“Fortunately, both adult male victims survived the targeted attack,” authorities said. “This was not a random crime, as the victims had a connection to Martinez.”

Police said they believe Martinez is on the run and is no longer in Gainesville. A motive for the shootings was not provided.

At least five patrol vehicles were parked in front of an Old Navy and Ulta Beauty. The shopping center is also home to a Publix, Marshalls and Ross stores.

Anyone with information on the shooting or Martinez’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or submit a tip online at

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