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4 arrested after high-speed chase in stolen car

JSO: Pursuit followed incident of shots fired; females fired on fled scene

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Four juveniles were arrested Thursday after police say they fired gunshots at two females and then led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car.

The juveniles were charged with auto theft, fleeing and eluding police, and other misdemeanor charges.

Around noon Thursday, officers received a call from a witness who said four juveniles were firing shots at two females on Downing Street in the Murray Hill area near Riverside.

Police said there's no indication the females were hit by the gunfire, but they fled the scene before officers arrived.

Police quickly located a possible suspect vehicle off Downing Street, and a pursuit led to a high-speed chase from Interstate 10 eastbound near Roosevelt Boulevard to north of Eighth Street off I-95 northbound. The chase ended after the suspect vehicle, a dark Hyundai sedan, crashed into a culvert, narrowly missing some trees.

The four juveniles fled the car on foot, but officers quickly apprehended them and took them into custody on Davis Street. No one was injured in the crash, police said. 

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Police later determined the Hyundai the juveniles were in (pictured) was a car that a man had reported stolen around 7:15 a.m. Thursday off Bertha Street on the Northside. Investigations revealed the juveniles took the vehicle, according to police.

During the pursuit, a nearby school was alerted and placed on code yellow. 

Police are currently looking for the two females who were fired on.

"When the shooting occurred our understanding is that the female victims fled from the scene. At this time, we have not been able to locate the victims of the actual shooting, so that's something that we are looking into," said Lt. Derrick Mitchell with JSO. "Obviously, we want to locate them so we can complete the investigation at this point."

Anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.