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Police: School bus camera may have captured shooting

JSO Gang Unit investigates after woman, 34, shot in front of Andrew Jackson High

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Investigators will be reviewing surveillance video from a school bus that may have captured Thursday's shooting in front of Andrew Jackson High School that left one woman injured, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report.

A 34-year-old woman was shot Thursday afternoon outside the school in the city's Brentwood neighborhood after a fight broke out and it escalated into gunfire, police said. She is expected to survive. 

"That lady, she was not my family, but I felt the pain all the same. I saw her lying out there, bleeding. I saw her daughter running down this catwalk screaming for her mom," said Victor Benson, a barbershop owner who witnessed the shooting. 

Even after his time serving in the Marine Corps, Benson said the incident was frightening. 

"All of a sudden, I hear gunshots going off. My first initial thought was maybe it was a tire blowing out, but then you start hearing more coming more rapidly. It's not a tire, we're being shot at," Benson said. "People are inside here in the shop, sliding across the floor, trying to get low. And it was just very chaotic, a scary situation in the beginning or not really thinking my life is on the line. As soon as it's over, like me, I could be dead right now."

Benson said he's concerned about the violence in the area and frustrated because it has started to affect his business. 

The Sheriff's Office's Gang Unit is involved in the investigation of the shooting. 

"The gang problem is a very big problem in Jacksonville. It's a serious problem. You see it all the time, someone is shot and then someone else is. (It's) something the Sheriff's Office is trying to get the handle on," said Gil Smith, News4Jax crime and safety analyst. "But it's difficult if they don't have the right intelligence or people communicating." 

The Sheriff's Office said it will also be checking area businesses' surveillance video systems in addition to the bus camera. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. 


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