Teen Arrested In Fatal Park Shooting

Police: 17-Year-Old Killed 23-Year-Old, Wounded 9-Year-Old

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville police have arrested a 17-year-old who they said shot and killed a man and wounded a boy at a Northwest Jacksonville park last month.

Police arrested Tamarius Bowes after they said witnesses told them they saw Bowes firing shots into a group of more than 100 people at Beverly Hills Park in the 4500 block of Portsmouth Avenue about 6 p.m. on March 25.

Charles Jenkins, 23, was shot and killed, and a 9-year-old boy was shot in the leg.

Police said that when officers arrived, they saw a large group of people running down the street. Police said Jenkins was driven to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The boy was taken to a hospital, treated and released that same day.

Police said Bowes told them Jenkins pointed a gun at him first, and he pointed one back. Police said no witnesses could confirm that.


Bowes told police he started running away and began shooting, and he wasn't aware that he shot anyone.

"There was over 100 and something at this park during the incident, so there was kind of a lot of people giving stories," said Lt. Rob Schoonover, of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. "(Bowes') name came up and that led us to him."

Bowes' mother told police that her son was scared, and he fired his gun and ran off.

Bowes was a student at Ed White High School.