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62-year-old man shot while standing in driveway

Neighbor says man cried out for help before shots were fired

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are looking for two carjackers who shot a 62-year-old man in a driveway Wednesday night.

The shooting was reported around 10:30 p.m. on Corby Street in the Murray Hill area near Edgewood Avenue.

The victim, Lawrence Shea, was taken to UF Health with life-threatening injuries.

Police said Shea was in a driveway near his car when two men approached him, attempted to rob him, demanded the keys to his car and then shot him in the chest and leg. He told police  that the men who shot him were black and that one was wearing a bandana. Police said a bandana, possibly belonging to one of the men, was found a short distance from the house.

Many residents in the area told News4Jax that they believe Shea was not living at the home but was possibly visiting. The incident report said Shea is from out of state.

"He was a little shaky on the ground," neighbor Daniel said. "I had never seen the man before; it was very bizarre. Also, I'm very kept to myself, so I don't pay attention to much around me."

Neighbors who asked to be identified only by their first names said what happened to Shea was awful, and they hope that the two men are caught.

"It's a rough world we live in. That's for sure," Mark said. "We've got to watch each other's backs."

Neighbors couldn't seem to grasp what happened.

"The guy cried out, 'Somebody help! Somebody help!' (Then I heard) pop, pop," Mark said. "It's a very big surprise. There's a lot of good-hearted people on this street. It was a really big surprise for me. It's kind of nerve-wracking. I don't like that going on in my neighborhood."

Mark said he's heard gunshots in the neighborhood before, but police are always scoping out the area.

"They cruise down the street often," Mark said. "I work construction, so sometimes my weekends could fall on a Wednesday, and if I'm out doing yard work or paying attention to what's going on in the neighborhood, I see them stroll down the street at least three to four times a day. It might even be more at night."

An assisted living facility across the street has a camera that appears to point toward the scene of the crime, but someone inside the facility said they did not have any video of the incident.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.  

EDITOR'S NOTE: Initially, the shooting was reported to have been at the Florida Christian Apartments, but that complex is on Edgewood Avenue. News4Jax regrets the error.