Suwannee Democrat


April 15, 2014

Update: Suspect in April 5 Live Oak shooting arrested

Turns self in to Suwannee County Jail

Live Oak —

A Live Oak man charged with attempted murder has turned himself in to local authorities after he shot at a car of occupants, injuring one, after they confronted him for nearly causing a crash by running a stop sign, according to the Live Oak Police Department.

Emanuel Roy Watts, 36, 308 2nd St., Live Oak, turned himself in to the Suwannee County Jail on Friday, April 11. He is being charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, shooting into an occupied vehicle, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

On Saturday, April 5, around 10 p.m., officers of the LOPD responded to the area of 2nd Street between Houston Avenue and Shelby Street in reference to a shooting. During the investigation, it was determined that just before 10 p.m. the victim, David Dean Manning, 32, Live Oak, as well as four passengers, Eian Allen, 28, Vanessa Allen, 24 Penelope Allen, and a one year old, all of Live Oak, were traveling in a small silver car driven by Eian Allen on Houston Avenue near the intersection of 2nd Street.

According to witnesses and Manning, at that intersection, a white car ran a stop sign, nearly causing an accident. Because of this, the occupants of the silver car decided to follow the white car in an attempt to ascertain why the driver, later identified as Watts, ran the stop sign. They caught up to Watts at his home. Eian Allen reportedly drove up and confronted Watts without exiting the vehicle. At that point, Watts exited his vehicle and displayed a handgun. Upon seeing the gun, Allen sped away in the silver car. As they were fleeing the scene, Watts shot at the vehicle striking it several times. One of the rounds went through the back of the car, striking Manning in the upper torso. Watts then fled the scene before police arrived. 

Manning was treated at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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