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Neighbors want answers after triple shooting

3 shot in McDonald's parking lot, 1 dies; police search for killer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Neighbors are calling for an end to violence in their Westside community after a man was killed and two others were injured in a triple shooting at a McDonald's on Wednesday night.

According to homicide investigators, three black men were in a BMW convertible in the parking lot of the McDonald's at Cassat and Highway avenues when they were shot about 10:24 p.m.

Responding officers found the driver slumped over the steering wheel of the car, dead from a gunshot wound. The two other victims had gone inside the store to get help.

The two men who survived the shooting were taken to UF Health Jacksonville, one in critical condition and the other in stable condition. None of the victims' names have been released.

Police are searching for the shooter but said they had no description of the suspect. But some neighbors said a man was seen running up the street after the shooting.

"I jumped up. It woke me and my husband out of a deep sleep," said one neighbor, who asked not to be identified."The shots were eight to 12. It was just an automatic--boom, boom, boom, boom, boom."

The woman said she will never forget that unmistakable sound of gunfire at the McDonald's less than one block from her home.

Within minutes, officers were on scene with K-9 units, trying to find the shooter. An employee at the McDonald's said the business does have surveillance cameras, but it's unclear what, if anything, they captured of the shooting.

Nearly 24 hours after the shooting, it was business as usual at the fast-food restaurant, with the addition of bullet holes below one of the windows and a CrimeStoppers sign facing the street.

Randy Baker and his company are doing drywall for a warehouse next door.

"It's traumatizing to everybody," Baker said. "I don't know what to do about it. I've got kids. I've got grandkids. The kids are scared to come out at night anymore." 

Baker said he has seen the violence in this part of town grow over the years.

A look at a police crime map shows more than 250 incidents within a quarter mile of the McDonald's just over the last year. The number reflects burglaries, robberies, assaults and a murder. 

After Wednesday night's shooting, business and life go on, but many hope for answers and help.

"Just speak up and say something," the woman said. "You don't have to be afraid of other people. You have a right to live your life like anybody else."

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


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