2nd area shooting comes days after 1st

St. Johns County deputies investigating

Published On: Mar 09 2012 02:43:34 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 09 2012 03:52:37 PM EST
County Road 214 map
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -

Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office are investigating a second shooting off County Road 214 that occurred within a week and a half of the first shooting.

The most recent was reported Tuesday evening, though it happened March 1, deputies said.

They said a 34-year-old man said he was standing outside of his home in the 3400 block of County Road 214, west of Interstate 95, after 7 p.m. when he heard two gun shots, with one of them passing close enough that he heard the bullet passing by.

The man retreated inside his home, where he heard a third shot but did not think about reporting the
shooting at the time, deputies said.

On Tuesday evening, the man found a bullet hole that entered his son's room from the outside, ricocheted off a poster on the wall then entered a closet and landed in a box, deputies said. After finding the bullet in his home, the man called the Sheriff's Office and filed a report.

The first reported shooting occurred at a home in the 2900 block of County Road 214, east of I-95, at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 17.

Jerry Murdock Jr., 50, was found lying just inside his mobile home front door and had sustained a single gunshot wound, deputies said. He told deputies he had just returned home with his girlfriend, and as he was opening the door to his home he heard a pop sound and stumbled inside.

Murdock said he did not see anyone around the area, according to deputies. He was taken to Flagler Hospital.

A composite sketch of a person who was seen prior to the first shooting was released last month. Deputies said that person has been identified and contacted by detectives.

Detectives are asking anyone in that area to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or the sounds of gunfire.

Anyone with any information concerning the shootings is asked to call the St. Johns County
Sheriff's Office at 904-209-2191 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477).