TRENTON, Fla. - PHOTO GALLERY: Fallen deputies Noel Ramirez, Taylor Lindsey
PHOTO GALLERY: Tiny town of Trenton raises multiple Thin Blue Line flags
UPDATE, 3 p.m. Friday: A candlelight vigil will be held Friday night in Newberry to honor Sgt. Noel Ramirez & Deputy Taylor Lindsey.
The vigil is set for 8 p.m. at 1739 SW 248th Drive in Newberry.
Across Gilchrist County, people and businesses are showing support for the two slain deputies.
Trenton Animal Hospital displayed a sign that says, "Prayers for GCSO."
Outside of the Ace China restaurant, where the deputies were killed, a memorial including flowers and flags is growing.
The owners of Cherry's Seafood in Trenton put up Thin Blue Line flags to honor the memory of the deputies.
Essie Wilder, who has lived in Trenton since high school, said she never thought something so tragic would happen in her one traffic light community.
"The only thing we can do is pray. That's all we can do, is pray," she said.
"The only thing we can do is pray. That's all we can do, is pray," Essie Wilder has lived in Trenton, FL since high school. She says she never thought something so tragic would happen in her one traffic light community. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/FU484f3TY5— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) April 20, 2018
UPDATE, 10:24 a.m. Friday: Officials now say the suspect went into the restaurant to ambush the two officers. It was originally reported that the gunman shot through the window of the Ace China restaurant.
Both deputies were on duty and in uniform. They were at the restaurant to eat a meal. No motive has been established, officials said.
There is no indication the officers were able to return fire. The gunman died from a self-inflicted wound.
"The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office has no idea what drove this man to commit this cowardly act," officials said.
ORIGINAL STORY: Two Gilchrist County deputies were killed in a shooting in Trenton, Florida on Thursday, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office said the deputies were shot and killed in the Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton at approximately 3 p.m.
A man, identified as 59-year-old John Hubert, had walked up to the restaurant and shot the deputies through the restaurant window.
BREAKING: @GCSOFlorida has identified the shooter in today's deadly attack on two deputies at a restaurant in Trenton #Florida as 59 year-old John Hubert Highnote. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/SNn1bue5Kj— Tenikka Smith Hughes (@TenikkaANjax) April 20, 2018
The Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, and Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, were killed in the shooting.
Deputies are standing outside the restaurant where two deputies were killed. Both are holding American flags in their arms in honor of the two who lost their lives @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/NPyWt90dkq— Danielle Avitable (@DanielleANjax) April 20, 2018
Lindsey had been with the sheriff's office for three years, and Ramirez had been with the office for seven years.
Authorities said deputies found Hubert outside of the business. The Sheriff's Office said they are working to determine the motives of the shooting.
Officials from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s Office had responded to the area.
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Update: Witness tells me it looks like the deputies were targeted. Owner of restaurant made it to a nearby business. Source says gunman is dead, officers are checking security cameras nearby to piece together the crime, @ActionNewsJax https://t.co/aJ36BaRje8— Paige Kelton (@PaigeANjax) April 19, 2018
New pic from scene of shooting that left 2 Gilchrist Deputies dead. Witnesses tell me the owner of Ace Chinese was able to get out when the gunman opened fire. Condolences coming in from agencies across Florida for the fallen deputies. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/ueBQRLxCbL— Paige Kelton (@PaigeANjax) April 19, 2018
Businesses owner tells me 2 Gilchrist County Deputes were shot and killed at a restaurant in Trenton. I'm told the gunman is also dead. He describes unbelievable sadness as he waits to find out if he knows the deputies. @ActionNewsJax— Paige Kelton (@PaigeANjax) April 19, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office and their citizens over the tragic loss of two deputies. @Columbiasheriff stands ready to assist and any way possible!!!! pic.twitter.com/bjX1bDcrzL— Columbia Sheriff, FL (@ColumbiaSheriff) April 19, 2018
Our prayers go out to the brave deputies in Gilchrist County who died in service to our state. Please keep their families and the Sheriff's Dept in that close knit community in your thoughts.— Adam Putnam (@adamputnam) April 19, 2018
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