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47-Year-Old Felon With Long Prison Record Arrested After Shooting at 3 in Bunnell

| May 31, 2018

Gerald T. McCaskell at the county jail, left, and in state prison.

Gerald T. McCaskell at the county jail, left, and in state prison.

Gerald Tyrone McCaskell is a 47-year-old resident of 602 South Batcher Street in Bunnell. He’s spent 15 of his 47 years, or half his adult life, in state prison, over five different stints. His sentences have included convictions aggravated assault and armed robbery, and he’s faced home invasion charges.

On Tuesday, McCaskell was charged with four new felonies following a shooting on South Moore Street in Bunnell late the night before. He’s at the Flagler County jail on $140,000 bond.

Calvin Brown, 29, Chauncey McRay, 21, and Demetief Darna Ross, 39, were sitting outside Brown’s home on South Moore Street Monday night when, according to statements they gave Bunnell police, McCaskill drove up in a Green Mercury, got out brandishing a baseball bat and yelled out aggressive insults at the trio.

Brown armed himself with a stick and began to walk toward McCaskell to confront him, according to McCaskell’s arrest report, prompting McCaskell to run back to the Mercury and flee. The trio walked into the house for a few minutes. When they walked back out, McCaskell was standing in the middle of the street at the intersection of Martin Luther King and South Moore.

McCaskell was subsequently identified through a law enforcement database and arrested.

McCaskell then allegedly raised a gun and fired.

The three ran back in and called 911. At the time of the shooting Ross’s two young children were in the house sleeping. When cops showed up, she pulled up a picture of McCaskell from his Facebook page, where McCaskell had recently wished everyone “Happy Mother’s day to all mother’s” (and where, weeks earlier, he thanked God for allowing him to see “another Birthday.”) McCaskell is well known to local law enforcement. Sheriff’s deputies were assisting the Bunnell Police Department in the incident.

One 9mm “Luger” shell casing was located at the intersection of Martin Luther King and South Moore, and several holes were located in the plastic siding on the front of the house. He faces three aggravated assault charges–one for each of the alleged victims involved–and a felony charge of shooting into a building. No one was injured in the shooting.

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8 Responses for “47-Year-Old Felon With Long Prison Record Arrested After Shooting at 3 in Bunnell”

  1. The Geode says:

    He’s already spent “half his life” in prison. Now he can spend the other half…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good job.

  3. Gary Trainor says:

    Just put him away for life before he kills someone (three strikes!)

  4. Richard says:

    So much for rehabilitation while in prison. Another misnomer!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Aww poor guy, They should give him a really light sentence, perhaps he is just misunderstood………………SMH

  6. FlaglerBear says:

    What about “possession of a firearm by a convicted felon” ? Icing on the cake! The gun was probably stolen, tack on some federal charges. Just trying to help…

  7. woodchuck says:

    I know this is going to sound crazy and I am not defending him but I have known Gerald for approx.4 months at his recent job.He was nothing less then friendly,respectful and hard working.I guess sometimes you just don’t know.I hope this stint in jail gets his mind right and become a solid citizen.

  8. Born and Raised Here says:

    Some folks just can’t adjust.

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