2 men shot in liquor store drive-through

1 person in critical condition; 2nd suffered non-life-threatening injuries

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One man is in critical condition and another man is recovering after the two were shot during a drive-by in Northwest Jacksonville late Thursday night, according to police.

Around 9:44 p.m. officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the Winn-Dixie on Moncrief Road in reference to two people being shot.

When they arrived, they found one man with life-threatening injuries and another man with non-life-threatening injuries, according to JSO.

Both victims were transported to UF Health Jacksonville for treatment.

A preliminary investigation revealed the shooting occurred at Soutel Liquors, located at 5135 Soutel Drive, according to JSO.

"The victims were in line in the drive-through ordering when an early 2000s model Black Ford Expedition pulled up next to them. At least one occupant of the vehicle fired shots into the victim's vehicle, striking the two victims," said Sgt. Steve Zona.

Zona said investigators were able to speak to the man with non-life-threatening injuries but were not able to get any specific suspect information.

"The only description we have of the potential suspects is that that black Expedition was occupied by multiple black males," said Zona.

The suspects then fled the area and the victims drove themselves to the Winn-Dixie on Moncrief Road to seek help.

"Detectives are on the scene at this time, interviewing witnesses and conducting a canvass to see if they can get any additional information," said Zona.

Zona said police were able to obtain surveillance video from Soutel Liquors that may help in the investigation.

Larry Clark, who owns Matties Seafood right down the street, said the violence is out of control.

"By me being a business owner, I kind of fear for my life a lot," Clark said. "You just never know what can happen when you come out the door at night, and that's an uncomfortable feeling."

Clark said a stray bullet could have hit an innocent person. Police have not said if this latest shooting is gang related, but Clark has his own theory.

"I guess it's a turf war, but what they don't realize is they don't have any value," Clark said. "When I was growing up, we were all neighborhood kids. The kids next door you knew, but now you're scared to say anything to them because it's not your child."

"Every day, almost every week someone is getting shot and killed, and it's mostly young kids," said James Fralin, of Fralin Funeral Home.

He said the violence is deep-rooted and starts in the home.

Police are asking anyone with information on this case to contact JSO or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).

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