Police identify first victim in NW Jax double murder

Police search for gunman after 2 killed in field off New Kings Road


A man and woman died after a double shooting early Friday morning in a field near the intersection of Dekle Avenue and New Kings Road, just south of Interstate 295.

Demetrius Aundrae Robinson, 33, from Columbia, South Carolina died at the scene of the 7:45 a.m. shooting. The woman, who was unresponsive, was taken to UF Health Jacksonville. Just before noon, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said she had died.

The woman was described as a white woman in her 30s and police were in the process of contacting her family before releasing her name. 

Police said Robinson and the unnamed victim were found between 20 and 30 feet apart in a vacant lot next to a house on Dekle Avenue. Witnesses heard multiple gunshots, but police said they are still looking for anyone who saw the shooting.

No weapons were found at the scene, but police said several pieces of evidence scattered were found in the street and field. 

Police are searching for the gunman, but had no description. They said they have not learned a motive in the shootings.

A white pickup truck was seen leaving the area shortly after the shooting, but investigators don't know if it was related.

"That could either be a third victim or could be a suspect, or it could be someone driving down in the road heard the shots and then fled because they didn't want to be involved in this," JSO homicide Sgt. Michael Paul said. "We really don't know what the white pickup truck has to do with this at this point but hopefully in a few hours we will be able to have a few more interviews done and we will be able to talk with some more people and figure out Who the white pickup truck is and if there he were involved at all.”

Granny Young, who has lived in the area for 34 years, said crime has gotten bad, but she can't afford to move away and start again.

"It's just sad. It's drug-infested, prostitutes have even taken (over) the neighborhood. It's sad, but it's true," Young said. "My children don't feel like I'm safe. My daughter says, 'Mom, you need to move,' but I mean why should I move for something I have worked hard for and it's paid for now to get a debt for something else."

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

Homicide detectives were also called to two other suspicious deaths on Friday, brining the number of homicides in Jacksonville so far in 2016 to 57.

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