UPDATE: Gainesville rap concert shooting suspect arrested

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- 1/3/19 UPDATE: Smith has turned himself into Gainesville Police. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is in the Alachua County Jail on a $1,250,000 bond.

According to court records, Smith, at some point while on the run from police, had contacted the victim, Andy Maharaj, and said he would hide until he was either arrested or he had an opportunity to finish the job of killing him.

TV20 reached out to Maharaj today and he declined to leave a comment.

5:30 p.m. UPDATE: The victim of the shooting was released from the hospital earlier today and is expected to make a full recovery.

3:45 p.m. UPDATE: Gainesville Police have identified the suspect wanted for attempted homicide at a rap concert Saturday night.

Jonathan Smith, 46, also known as "Jock Smooth," is believed to be armed and dangerous. GPD officials say Smith was one of the event coordinators for the Boosie Badazz concert at the Heart of the City Hookah Lounge on the 1200 block of East University Ave.

Police say Smith got into an argument with another event coordinator during the concert. Smith pulled a gun on the victim and fired multiple shots at him, hitting him once in the chest.

GPD units were on scene monitoring the concert at the time of the shooting. Smith fled on foot and is now being sought on charges of attempted homicide.

The victim was taken to an area hospital where he is being treated and is expected to live.

GPD officials say the public should not approach Smith if he is seen. Instead, they say to call 9-1-1 and provide his location.

No concertgoers were injured in the shooting.
ORIGINAL STORY: One man was shot in a dispute between organizers of a Gainesville rap concert Saturday night, Gainesville Police Department officials have confirmed.

The concert, which was featuring rapper Lil Boosie, took place at a hookah lounge in the 1200 block of East University Ave. The shooting did not involve concertgoers.

GPD responded to the location in the early morning hours Sunday. Officials say there was a single victim who was transported to a local hospital. That victim is alive and was speaking with investigators Sunday.

Officials TV20 spoke with say the hookah lounge opened recently, and that Lil Boosie was contracted to perform at the concert.

Police are still searching for the suspected shooter and have not released details. More information, including the suspect's name, is expected to be released Sunday afternoon.

The ticket sales company Eventbrite listed the following information on their website about the event:
The Biggest Concert/Block Party The City Has Ever Seen

- 18 and up to party
- 21 and up to drink
- No weapons or drugs allowed
- ID and credit used for purchase must be presented at the door

Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 10:00 PM –
Sun, Nov 4, 2018, 4:00 AM EDT

1221 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32641
This story will be updated as new information becomes available.