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Body with gunshot wounds found in Moncrief

Incident happened Sunday morning

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the body of a man was found on Moncrief Road near Woodlawn Street at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Police said they believe the man was shot and that many shell casings were found at the scene. Neighbors told authorities they heard gunshots around 5 or 6 a.m. Sunday.

Cheri Miller was lying in her bed Sunday morning when she was awakened by the gunfire. Several hours later, she went outside and saw police working the scene.

She then realized just how serious the situation was.

"I saw the blood. I just came outside after so long," Miller said. "I saw the blood out there and down the streets there. I don't even know how many cars there were, but boy, there was a lot of shooting."

The man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to UF Health where he was declared dead.

Police told News4Jax there is no information on any suspects at this time.

The shooting Sunday morning was similar to one that happened just days before and only five minutes away, where Tommy Spells was killed in a drive-by on Division Street.

"It's sad that I could call some of my family members or some of my friends (and) they won't even want to come around this area because of the reputation. It's so sad," Miller said.

Records show there have been more than 80 murders in Jacksonville this year, many of them the result of gun violence.

News4Jax's crime and safety analyst, Gil Smith, said that while there have been many shootings on Jacksonville's north side, no neighborhood is immune to gun violence.

"There's been a lot in Arlington also," he said. "Police in both of those areas are using as many officers as they can to do extra patrols in those areas to hopefully bring those numbers down. In some areas, those numbers have gone down."

With the holiday season starting Smith reminds everyone that violence can go up this time of year.

"Be extra careful of your surroundings, especially with your children," Smith said. "Keep them in, because sometimes with these drive-by shootings, they just hit innocent people who are out on the porch at night."

Anyone with any information on Sunday morning's shooting is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.