JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An investigation into Tuesday night's double shooting at a Northwest Jacksonville gas station led police to two handguns in a child's toy box and an arrest.
The shooting was reported just after 5 p.m. at a Shell gas station at the intersection of Kings Road and Canal Street. Officers found Abdul Robinson Jr. at the scene, shot twice in the leg.
The second victim, Grevin Payton, was found in an apartment complex on West 12th Street. He was shot in the side.
Both victims were taken to UF Health Jacksonville and were expected to recover.
Sources told News4Jax that the injuries resulted from a shootout between Robinson and Payton.
According to an arrest report, Payton ran with a third man, Quinton Floyd, to Floyd's girlfriend's apartment. After getting her permission to search the unit, officers found two semi-automatic handguns in a child's toy box in the apartment.
According to the report, Floyd claimed that he didn't know how the guns got there. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Residents said that though the situation was frightening, they weren't surprised by the violence, but hope that it comes to an end.
"I hope that it will get better and it will get better. The city needs prayer. That's what it needs," local resident Clarence Robinson said.
In the past year, there have been 14 assaults, one burglary and one carjacking in the same area.