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Accused gunman indicted in Gainesville apartment shooting
2 women wounded in Aug. 15 attack at Atlanta Street Apartments
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The accused gunman in the Aug. 15 shooting of two women at Atlanta Street Apartments was indicted Wednesday on nine counts.

Antwan Xavier Earls, 24, is accused of shooting Sheena Mattox, 28, and Angelene Hall, 25, at the apartment complex.

Both women were wounded in the shooting.

Earls was charged with third-degree child cruelty, criminal trespass, violation of a family violence order, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Gainesville investigator Margaret Ashby provided testimony at a probable cause hearing that Earls’ jealousy may have been a motive. Earls and Hall were in a relationship, Ashby said, when Earls saw a phone number in Hall’s phone and suspected infidelity.

The two began yelling at each other through Mattox’s screen door before shots were fired, Ashby said.

Gainesville police responded to the scene around 3 p.m. Aug. 15. After the shooting, Earls allegedly tossed his backpack and handgun onto the roof of South Bradford Street Self Storage, next to the First Congregational Holiness Church, according to investigators.

Earls then is believed to have broken the window of the church, running through a side door. The broken window is listed in the criminal trespass charge.

Earls was accused of another crime involving Hall, allegedly slapping her and grabbing her hair May 6, according to court records. His bond required that he not have any contact with Hall.

Earls was convicted in December 2010 of burglary in DeKalb County, according to the indictment, which forbids him from possessing a firearm.

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